Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who is now seeking the Republican presidential nomination, will be the keynote speaker Thursday at a luncheon hosted by the Maine Heritage Policy Center in South Portland.

Fiorina will be speaking in her capacity as a private citizen on the subject of free enterprise and government reform, according to the center, a conservative non-profit that funds economic and other research. The center said it is not endorsing Fiorina or any political candidate.

Fiorina is one of 17 presidential candidates jostling for favor among the nation’s Republicans. In a recent national poll by Public Policy Polling, 9 percent of respondents among 572 usual Republican primary voters surveyed said they would support Fiorina as the presidential nominee, placing her fourth behind Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush.

The invitation-only luncheon at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks will celebrate the center’s annual Freedom & Opportunity Event. The event will honor Dick Dyke of Windham Weaponry for his commitment to free enterprise, economic opportunity and constitutional freedoms, the center said.

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