Editor's Note: This week, the Independent Newspaper received far more letters to the editor than were able to be published due to space constraints. This letter is among the letters we were unable to run in print.

Recently there has been very generous and kind remembrances of my Dad, Sen. John Chafee on what would have been his 100th birthday. Especially warm has been the recognition of his leadership in the times of bipartisanship and in contrast to our present polarized atmosphere. Sen. Chafee was hailed as a bridge builder, literally and figuratively.

As we look for people who can continue this legacy of finding common ground for the common good, voters of Senate district 38 don’t have to search far. Councilman Caswell Cooke has made a career of bringing citizens together to solve challenging issues and improve our community.

On November 8th residents of Senate district 38 can mark their ballots for Caswell confident they are sending a true bridge builder to the Statehouse. I know my Dad would agree.

Lincoln Chafee

Exeter, RI

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