Former convenience store exec Peter Tedeschi plans run for Congress
Peter Tedeschi, whose family’s Tedeschi Food Shops empire grew from the South Shore across New England, is planning to run next year for Congress.
The former convenience store executive, a Republican, is plotting a run for the 9th Congressional District seat currently held by Democrat Rep. Bill Keating to “bring pro-growth policies that empower individuals and families to an increasingly polarized national government,” he said in an announcement Thursday.
After graduating from Stonehill College in 1982, Tedeschi started Computer Concepts, a computer retail, repair and training organization. Ten years later he sold the company and began a 16-year career in Boston’s financial services industry, working most recently as senior vice president and director of operations for Putnam Investments.
In 2008, he became CEO of his family’s 200-store Tedeschi Food Shops convenience store chain. According to his campaign website biography, Tedeschi took the reins of the family business at the urging of his family members. In 2015, Tedeschi oversaw a sale of the family business to 7-Eleven Inc.
In addition to serving as a vice-chairman and treasurer for the National Association of Convenience Stores and as chief strategic officer for the Midwest Retail Group LLC, Tedeschi also served on the executive board of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and is on the executive boards of directors of Friendship Home and Lil’ Drug Store Products.
Tedeschi was born in Norwell and lives with his wife, Katherine, in Marshfield. They have three children.
Since 2009, Tedeschi has donated $3,350 to political candidates and committees in Massachusetts. He’s given a total of $1,250 to Gov. Charlie Baker and $250 to Republican Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund. But he also gave $500 to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and $250 to Democratic Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch in 2011, and $500 to Democrat Rob Consalvo in 2013 when Consalvo was running for mayor of Boston.
The 9th congressional district includes all of Barnstable County, Dukes County, and Nantucket County and parts of Bristol and Plymouth Counties, including Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover Hanson, Kingston, Marshfield, , Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth and Rockland.