- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s Democratic Party is seeking suggestions for a new name for its annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

Democratic parties across the country hold fundraising dinners in honor of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. But the June shooting of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina has prompted many parties to consider ending their association with the two former presidents because of their ties to slavery.

Jeremy Kennedy, executive director of the Maine Democratic Party, said Tuesday that it has been considering changing the dinner’s name for some time, but recent events have brought the issue to the forefront.

He said Democrats wants to ensure that that every event reflects the values of the party and the people it represents and will ask its members to weigh in on a new name.

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