Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to make it official next week: he's running for president.
Chafee's campaign confirmed Friday that he will officially launch his bid for the democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday. The announcement is expected during a speech at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
After forming an exploratory committee in April, Chafee has visited some early primary states, including New Hampshire. He often criticizes democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her Senate vote in support of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Chafee joins another New Englander, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in seeking the democratic nomination. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is also expected to join the democratic presidential field over the weekend.