Supporters speak up for Down East racino

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, at 5:29 a.m.

CALAIS, Maine — Racino advocates are kicking off a campaign in support of a racetrack casino in eastern Maine.

Passamaquoddy tribal leaders, community representatives and business leaders are holding a news conference Thursday in Calais in a show of support for a statewide referendum seeking approval for a horse track with slot machines in Washington County to be operated by the tribe.

Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot asks voters if they want to allow a racino in southern Maine and a second racino in eastern Maine.

Developers are proposing a $120 million project in Biddeford that includes a horse track, hotel and entertainment complex.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has yet to unveil specific plans for an eastern Maine facility.