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District 1

Clashing views on casino’s impact in District 1 race

The future of the casino gambling proposal at the Suffolk Downs thoroughbred racetrack looms large in the District 1 race for Boston City Council, where incumbent Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, of East Boston, has drawn challenges from two passionate anticasino candidates.

LaMattina, who was elected to the council in 2006, has been supportive of a proposal by Suffolk Downs and Caesars Entertainment to develop a resort, hotel, and spa at the 78-year-old racetrack, which would include Las Vegas-style slot machines and table games.

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