GRAFTON, Mass. — U.S. Rep. James McGovern has been trying to reacquaint himself with Grafton after redistricting shuffled the congressman back into town.
"It's great to get back to Grafton," McGovern said Thursday, when he dropped in on state Sen. Michael Moore's ice cream party at the Grafton Senior Center. "I know a lot of people in this town already and it's a great community."
McGovern, now representing the 3rd Massachusetts Congressional District, found himself shifted into the 2nd district during last year's reshuffling, gaining many towns that had previously been served by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal. McGovern had been Grafton's congressman prior to an earlier, decade-old redistricting.
Neal continues to represent Grafton until January, when the redrawn district lines take effect. In the meantime McGovern, who faces opposition in the state primary Thursday from Democrat William Feegeh of Worcester, has been touring the towns he hopes will be his after the November election.
"My district has changed more than any other district," he said. "Sixty percent of it is new. Some of the most beautiful parts of the state are now in my district. I get to learn all about farming and raw milk issues and it's been fascinating."