BIDDEFORD, Maine — Backers of a Maine referendum seeking voter approval for racinos in Biddeford and Washington County have launched their first TV and radio ads.
The ads urge people to vote yes on Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot, saying harness racing tracks with slot machines will bring hundreds of good-paying jobs to southern and eastern Maine.
Ocean Properties Ltd. and Scarborough Downs race track are proposing a $120 million development called Biddeford Downs with a track, hotel and entertainment complex. They say jobs will average $35,000 a year with health care and other benefits.
The Washington County racino would be run by the Passamaquoddy Tribe.