Election could tilt casino debate in Foxborough
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WHDH) -- Voters in Foxborough went to the polls with the fate of a casino proposal hanging in the balance.
Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Board of Selectmen, but Monday's vote was more about the proposed casino in the town.
“I do think that this election is a referendum on the casino. Obviously the candidates who are against the casino get in, that sends a strong message to Wynn,” said Jean O’Bryant, a voter.
Two of the four Board of Selectmen candidates -- Martha Slattery and incumbent Larry Harrington -- support opening negotiations with Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn over his plan to build a $1 billion resort on land leased from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
The other two candidates -- incumbent Lorraine Brue and Ginny Coppola -- are opposed to any casino talks.
The outcome of the election will set the tone for the board, which is now split 3-2, with the majority currently blocking casino negotiations.
Residents say this controversy has split the town putting neighbor against neighbor, family member against family member.
“It’s been very awkward at the dinner table,” said Veronica Barrett, a voter in Foxborough. “[Family members] are avoiding this topic. Let’s just say we’re not discussing the casino at Easter or other family events.”
The polls close at 8 p.m. Monday.