Lewiston casino supporters make their case

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, at 3:05 p.m.
The new spokesman for the Lewiston casino project, Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert (left) and Ron Chicoine, the principal partner in the project, stand on  the top level of the new parking garage that they hope will someday be filled with the cars of people visiting a casino built in the Bates Mill (background).
Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal
The new spokesman for the Lewiston casino project, Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert (left) and Ron Chicoine, the principal partner in the project, stand on the top level of the new parking garage that they hope will someday be filled with the cars of people visiting a casino built in the Bates Mill (background).

PORTLAND, Maine — Community and business leaders are throwing their support behind a casino proposed for Maine’s second-largest city.

Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert and other representatives from Lewiston and the neighboring city of Auburn say a casino in downtown Lewiston will generate short- and long-term jobs, generate revenues and stimulate the economy.

Gilbert says he doesn’t know of any local organized opposition to the statewide Nov. 8 referendum asking voters if they want to allow a casino in Lewiston.

A group of Lewiston-area political and business leaders will hold news conference on Tuesday to express their support.

A separate statewide ballot question will be asking voters if they want to allow racinos in southern and eastern Maine.

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