Election 2018: Candidate Profile Of Peter Tedeschi

By Alex Newman / Patch

Republican Peter Tedeschi, former CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops, is challenging incumbent Bill Keating for the 9th Congressional District.


Peter Tedeschi, a South Shore native and former CEO of a Massachusetts-based convenience store chain, is challenging Rep. Bill Keating for the state’s 9th Congressional District this year. The district includes Barnstable, Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard and Plymouth.

The 58-year-old was CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops for seven years and served as senior vice president of Putnam Investments and vice president of Wellington Management. He is currently a board member of Friendship Home, an organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Tedeschi lives in Marshfield with his wife, Katherine. The couple has three kids – Kristina, Pierson and Kristian – and a granddaughter, Quinn. The following are responses Tedeschi gave to questions Patch posed to all candidates running in the race:

The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

Partisan gridlock in Congress. I will lead by example, working with members of both parties, and resolving to vote on legislation on its merits and its impact on the communities of the 9th District, rather than voting strictly along party lines.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

There are two main differences between myself and Congressman Keating. The first is that he is a career politician, and I am a businessperson. I bring experience in making payroll and working within a budget. Congressman Keating has been in office for 41 years and has served four terms in Congress. I support term limits, and have signed a pledge to limit myself to 3 terms, if elected.

The other critical difference is that Congressman Keating is a partisan, and I vow to work in a bipartisan way. Rep Keating is ranked 364th nationally in the bipartisan index, he is ranked the most partisan member of the Massachusetts delegation, and he votes with the Democratic party nearly 95% of the time. I don’t believe either party has a monopoly on good, or bad, ideas. I promise to work in a bipartisan way to deliver results for the people of the 9th District.

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