In a bid to convince Prince George’s County residents that voting "Yes" on Question 7 will provide them a wider array of economic opportunities, former County Executive Wayne Curry announced on Oct. 18, the formation of a new ballot committee.
Tagged Maryland First NOW, the committee is made up of community interests and business groups. Curry will serve as chairman and M.H. Jim Estepp, president and CEO of the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, will serve as treasurer.
The committee was launched with a $500,000 contribution from the Peterson Companies and will raise additional funding from individuals and organizations in Prince George’s County who support Question 7.
"I’ve lived the dream in Prince George’s County and Maryland all my life," Curry said in a statement to The Washington Informer. "I’ve seen us flourish against all odds time and time again. This fall, I hear more and more support for the economic development, jobs and school revenue opportunities that come with passage of Question 7."
Curry added that it has become clear that "the unprecedented blitz of advertising" from a West Virginia casino has muddied the choice facing voters. To that end, he said that supporters of Question 7 need to come together to do everything they can to bring Maryland dollars back to Maryland.
"We have a chance for a major economic investment in Prince George’s County that will attract significant tourism and entertainment spending,” Estepp added. “Question 7 means too much, to too many people, for us not to do everything we can to advocate for it. A vote for Question 7 is a vote for Maryland jobs and Maryland schools. A vote against Question 7 is a vote for West Virginia jobs and West Virginia schools. We need to make sure that every Maryland voters understands that choice.”