Keating, Tedeschi to debate in New Bedford

October 22, 2018

NEW BEDFORD — With control of the U.S. House at stake Nov. 6, a SouthCoast congressman faces a challenger backed by small business. Could the seat go Republican?

Voters will get the chance to see Democratic Rep. William Keating and Republican Peter Tedeschi make their cases in a debate open to the public on Wednesday. The free event also features a pre-debate discussion with two other challengers: Geoff Diehl, the Republican running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Jay Gonzalez, the Democrat running against Gov. Charlie Baker.

Sponsored by The Standard-Times as part of the SouthCoast Alliance, the event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. UMass Dartmouth Professor Shannon Jenkins, chair of the Department of Political Science, will serve as moderator.

“The SouthCoast Alliance believes that our region deserves to hear candidates address the issues important to families who live along the state’s southern coast,” said Beth Perdue, editor of SouthCoast Media Group, which includes The Standard-Times, SouthCoastToday.com and the weekly newspapers of Hathaway Publishing.

Regionally, specific issues the candidates have raised include fisheries policy, rising sea levels and the threat of retaliatory foreign tariffs on cranberries.

Keating has previously said he worked with European Union officials to help prevent EU tariffs on cranberries, while Tedeschi has pledged to make supporting fishermen one of his priorities. On Oct. 6, Tedeschi staged a small rally on the New Bedford waterfront to talk about fishing.

The Ninth District congressional candidates have also spoken about health care, tax policy, border security and climate change.

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