BIDDEFORD — Before a backdrop of a truckload of freshly cut hay on a horse farm, Biddeford Mayor Joanne Twomey and seven other leaders of a statewide referendum to approve racinos in Biddeford and Washington County kicked off their Yes on 2 campaign this morning.

Twomey and others touted the economic impact of a $120 million racino complex near Biddeford’s border with Arundel on an 88-acre parcel owned by the town on Andrews Road, off Route 111.

The concept for Biddeford Downs calls for a racetrack and grandstand, as many as 1,500 slot machines, an entertainment complex and a 200-room hotel.

Proponents say the complex would produce 800 construction jobs and result in 500 full-time jobs once complete, in roughly two years if approved by voters Nov. 8.

“These are real jobs, for real families in our community,” Twomey said. “We cannot turn our backs on this project.”

Voters will face two gambling-related questions on the November ballot. One seeks approval of a casino with table games in Lewiston. The other seeks approval of slot machines at harness racing tracks in Biddeford and in Washington County.