North Carolina candidates add voices to call for county casino referendum

North Carolina candidates add voices to call for county casino referendum

Article brief provided by Greensboro News & Record
  • Susie C. Spear, Greensboro News & Record
August 3, 2023 8:26 PM
  • Susie C. Spear, Greensboro News & Record

Two candidates for the state’s highest elected offices turned out Tuesday night to help lead a meeting of about 500 residents against a proposed casino development.

Gubernatorial candidate Mark Walker, a Republican, who for six years represented Rockingham County in the U.S. House of Representatives, opened the packed and emotional meeting at Ellisboro Baptist Church.

Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page, who is running for lieutenant governor as a Republican, sat with Walker and urged casino opponents to ask their county commissioners to call for a referendum on the issue.

In Nash County, where casino development is also being proposed, county commissioners last week voted 5-1 in favor of a referendum — something Walker reminded the crowd.