(AUGUSTA, MAINE) – A broad-based coalition to oppose the upcoming referendum on the establishment of a casino in Oxford announced its formation today. The coalition, called the Citizens Against the Oxford Casino, includes the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs; the Maine Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association; the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association; Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway; the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township; and the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau. The coalition is in agreement that the proposed Oxford Casino would be a bad deal for Maine.
The Oxford Casino proposal will appear on the November ballot as Question 1, a question on which the coalition is urging Mainers to vote “no.”
“What this boils down to is that Question 1 on this November’s ballot is a bad deal for Maine,” says Citizens spokesman Dan Cashman. “Proponents of Question 1 will talk about the promise of jobs and investment, but when you closely look at the proposal, the cons far outweigh the pros. We look forward to having a conversation with Mainers over the next several months to outline our concerns and explain why Question 1 would simply be a bad deal for Maine.”
Citizens Against the Oxford Casino plans to have more information available in the coming weeks through the establishment of a website, social media sites and other campaign activities to keep Maine citizens informed leading up to Election Day.