Peter Tedeschi, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 9th District, believes voter fatigue with partisan gridlock in D.C. may be the key to unseating U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., in 2018.
“I’ve always had it in my heart (to run), and the time is right for me now,” Tedeschi, 57, of Marshfield, said of his decision to run for office. “I’m very concerned with what I see in D.C. with partisan bickering.”
He says his track record of working collaboratively, even with competitors, in the private sector is a strong distinction between him and Keating.
Tedeschi previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Tedeschi Food Shops convenience store chain, his family’s business, and held senior executive positions in the financial services industry for nearly two decades.
“Our current representative has voted with Nancy Pelosi over 93 percent of the time,” said Tedeschi, referring to Keating as a career politician. “He’s vulnerable because people are tired of lack of cooperation and results.”
Having a long family history in the district could be a benefit come election time, according to Tedeschi.
“My roots run very deep here in the 9th,” he said. “I know the area, I care about the area and I want to work for the area.”
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