Lincoln Chafee Files to Run for President as Libertarian

Lincoln Chafee Files to Run for President as Libertarian
Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee speaks during a Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2015. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee has filed to run for president as a Libertarian.

The former governor of Rhode Island on Sunday registered the “Lincoln Chafee For President” campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission, online records showed.

A fundraising website linked to the FEC filing states, “Lincoln Leads with TRUTH.”

Chafee moved to Wyoming last year and joined the Libertarian Party.

He was a Republican in the U.S. Senate and became an independent after losing his seat in 2006.

Chafee was then elected Rhode Island governor in 2010 as an independent and became a Democrat in office.

Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee
Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D-R.I.) announces his decision to drop out of the race for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination, at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, on Oct. 23, 2015. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

He did not run for reelection but mounted a short-lived run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015.

“As you know, I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace,” Chafee said in announcing the end of his campaign in October 2015.

“But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.”

CNN Wire contributed to this report.

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