Candidates forum highlights political differences, similarities

Mary Ann Bragg  / Cape Cod Times

October 13, 2018

DENNIS — The gloves came off Saturday between Cape & Islands Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and Republican challenger John Flores, a Barnstable town councilor from Cummaquid, over lead paint, legislative pay raises and arming teachers. The two shared the stage at the Cape Cinema for the first session of a debate co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area and the Cape Cod Times.

In what could be considered a less tense exchange, 9th Congressional District Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., and Republican challenger Peter Tedeschi seemed to agree on several issues, although Tedeschi called for term limits and pointed to Keating as a “career politician.”

Keating, who lives in Bourne, is a former Norfolk County district attorney first elected to Congress in 2010. Tedeschi, a South Shore native, is the former president and CEO of his family’s 200-store convenience store chain, Tedeschi Food Shops. The company was successful and also strongly supported programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Tedeschi said.

As a way to unlock potential House opposition to Massachusetts initiatives, Tedeschi called for more outreach across party lines and getting to know other House members. Keating, in turn, called for more transparency and more hearings.

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