Slots opponents file campaign paperwork

The coalition opposed to slots at Arundel Mills mall has filed necessary paperwork with state officials to begin work on its referendum campaign, coalition officials announced Monday.

The newly branded "No Slots at the Mall," which will work to overturn zoning legislation allowing Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. to construct a 4,750-unit slots parlor at the mall, named David Jones, a Hanover resident, as its chairman and Brion Umidi, of Arnold, its treasurer.

The group filed a "statement of organization for campaign finance entities" with the State Board of Elections on Friday. A representative for Cordish, which had not filed its paperwork as of Monday, declined to comment.

The filing follows the Court of Appeals decision issued last month, which ruled a ballot referendum on slots at the mall could move forward. The coalition, which has been financed by the Maryland Jockey Club, has pushed for a ballot referendum on slots since the Anne Arundel County Council approved zoning for the project last year.

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