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Voters head to polls Tuesday
REVERE, Mass. —nA large voter turnout is anticipated in Revere for a referendum on a proposed $1.3 billion resort casino.
The vote on Tuesday will determine whether Mohegan Sun can go forward with its plan to develop the facility on land owned by the Suffolk Downs racetrack. It would still need approval from the state gaming commission, which is also considering a proposal from Wynn Resorts in Everett for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.
An earlier plan by Suffolk Downs for a casino on the Boston-Revere border was rejected by voters in the East Boston neighborhood.
Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo says a host community agreement he signed with Mohegan Sun will secure the city’s economic future for generations to come.
But Joe Catricala, co-chair of Don’t Gamble on Revere, says a casino will bring more crime and traffic to the city.
Opponents of plan going door to door
REVERE, Mass. — The battle for votes in a casino fight in Revere is heating up during the final weekend before the vote.
Opponents of the plan have mobilized, going door to door and making phone calls, urging residents to vote against the plan.
“We don’t have a lot of money, we don’t have a lot of resources, we don’t have a ton of people,” Pastor Tim Bogertman, of First Congregational Church, said. “But we have a great group of people who are committed and we’re going up against a giant.”
Religious leaders have led the fight against the mayor and other leaders who say a casino would bring jobs to town.
“We’re very confident going into Tuesday that our voters will come out – similar to the way they did back on Nov. 5th and support this project,” said Mayor Dan Rizzo.
On Nov. 5, Revere voters did approve a casino plan at Suffolk Downs, but residents in East Boston voted against it.
That outcome prompted a new vote and a new plan, located entirely in Revere.
The referendum on the casino plan will be held on Tuesday.