Race for state’s 9th District

Brian Dowd / Martha’s Vineyard Times

October 24, 2018

Congressman Bill Keating, D-Bourne, faces a challenge from businessman Peter Tedeschi of Marshfield for the race to represent the 9th Congressional District.

Keating has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2010, and has served on several House committees, including Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security. He began his political career in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, moved to the state Senate, and then worked as the district attorney for Norfolk County.

Tedeschi, a lifetime resident of the South Shore, is running as a Republican. He has been the CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops, and senior vice president of Putnam Investments.

The Times spoke to both candidates.

Keating said he enjoys visiting the Vineyard in the off-season and thinks it’s more useful to get to know the year-round population and learn how he can help: “There’s a lot of resources the federal government can bring to the Vineyard.”

Keating and Tedeschi both said they don’t get to the Vineyard as much as they would like to. Both previously owned homes in Edgartown.

Keating said he’s had a fighting chance and lots of opportunities in his life: “Really what I want to do is give people that opportunity. Government can make a huge difference in people’s lives by giving them that chance.”

“This is an opportunity for me to give back to an area I call home,” Tedeschi said, “Like many voters out there, I’m dismayed with what I’m seeing going on on Capitol Hill today. Too many elected officials who are more eager to do the bidding of their party and carry water for special-interest groups rather than doing the work of the people. A lot of it has to do with the partisan divide that’s taking place on Capitol Hill.”

Tedeschi said that the decision to run was simple for him. “When you see things like this you have a couple of options. You can complain about or do something about it. And for me the time was now to do something about it,” he said.


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