Supporters suspend Grange casino campaign

Supporters suspend Grange casino campaign

Supporters suspend Grange casino campaign

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 9:01 AM

WOOD VILLAGE, Ore. -- Proponents of The Grange casino project announced Tuesday they would suspend campaign operations and stop running ads supporting measures 82 and 83.

The group believes that Oregon voters are not ready to support a private casino, according to Stacey Dycus of Yes on 82 and 83.

“We knew when we began this process that it would be a challenge to break the existing political and gaming monopoly in Oregon, but we also knew that there was a great opportunity to create a unique entertainment destination in Wood Village that provided jobs and new revenues for schools and public services," she said.

Background: Ore. casino developers may sue opponents

The measure remains on the ballot and could still pass without the advertising support.

"In the end, the final decision is up to voters, and we will continue to hope for the best on Election Day," Dycus said.

Opponents of the measures said they would continue to speak out against the Wood Village casino.

"It’s clear that the proponents' misleading ads attempting convince voters to fundamentally alter how gambling is managed in Oregon have not connected with voters--despite having spent more than $6 million on a glitzy ad campaign," said Cynara Lilly of the group Still A Bad Idea. "We will continue our campaign to educate voters about the realities of these measures."

Related: 3 former Oregon governors oppose Grange casino

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