Casino question kicks off the gubernatorial debate

Three candidates are against the repeal, two are for

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For many western Massachusetts voters, a gubernatorial candidate’s stance on the casino question could be the deal maker or the deal breaker.

One voter said, “If they get the casino, they allow people to get jobs. I hope they keep that in mind that they promised us Springfield people will get jobs.”

Paulena Bergeron of Springfield said, “If they get the casino, they allow people to get jobs. I hope they keep that in mind that they promised us Springfield people will get jobs.”

Monday night’s Springfield debate opened with the casino issue. Three candidates are against the repeal of the state gambling law.

Republican Charlie Baker said, “I’ve been a one casino person since pretty much the start of this conversation.”

Independent Evan Falchuk said, “Our Legislature created the framework. Cities and towns then went and had hard fought battles.”

Democrat Martha Coakley said, “In making sure that we’re going to maximize the economic benefit of casinos and mitigate the ills.”

Two are for the repeal.

Jeff McCormick said, “I am yes to repeal the casino as well. A third of revenue’s coming from addicted gamblers.”

Scott Lively said, “We should be turning to the Lord, not to the organized crime of the casino industry.”

Ultimately the voters will decide the fate of casinos in Massachusetts on Election Day, November 4th.

In case you missed it, Click Here to see the entire debate.

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