Oxford casino advocates oppose other gambling measures on Maine ballot

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 5:22 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 11, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.

OXFORD, Maine — Supporters of a casino under construction in western Maine have formed a political action committee to oppose two statewide referendums seeking approval for a casino in Lewiston and racinos in eastern and southern Maine.

The Friends of the Oxford Casino is urging Mainers to oppose Questions 2 and 3 on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Spokesman Mark Ferguson said the Oxford casino is in danger of being cannibalized by other casinos if voters approve too many too fast. Voters last year approved a referendum calling for a casino with slot machines and table games in the town of Oxford.

Question 2 on the ballot asks voters if they want to approve harness racing tracks with slot machines in Biddeford and Washington County. Question 3 seeks approval for a casino in Lewiston.