Peter Tedeschi challenges William Keating for Ninth Congressional District

Eli Sherman / Wicked Local

October 16, 2018

U.S. Rep. William Keating says most people are familiar with the Ninth Congressional District because of its robust Cape Cod summer tourist industry.

“What people don’t understand much about our district are the challenges we have,” he said. “They don’t understand that the people who live here year-round, especially in the seasonal areas, have to stitch together two or three jobs just to get by.”

Keating, a Democrat from Bourne, is running for re-election Nov. 6 against Republican challenger Peter Tedeschi, a lifelong South Shore resident and former president and CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops, which was acquired by 7-Eleven Inc. in 2015.

Tedeschi, of Marshfield, said he also sees a host of challenges in the district and is tired of what he describes as “partisan nonsense” in Washington, D.C.

“You can complain about it or do something about it, and I’ve decided to do something about it,” Tedeschi said.

The Ninth District is the southeastern-most district in Massachusetts. It runs from Norwell in the north to Nantucket in the south, and extends from Fall River in the west to Provincetown on the outermost tip of Cape Cod.

Beyond tourism, the district is known for its marine and fishing industries, along with cutting-edge research centers, including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and budding underwater-technology industry along the South Coast.

Its population is slightly older and largely white, but includes some ethnic diversity led by the largest percentage of Portuguese Americans in the country.

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