Republican Peter Tedeschi looks to unseat Congressman Bill Keating in 2018

Peter Tedeschi, a Norwell native and former CEO of the 200-store Tedeschi Food Shops convenience store chain, is eyeing a 2018 Republican run to represent Massachusetts’ 9th Congressional District — a seat which U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Bourne, has held since 2010. 

Tedeschi, who filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Thursday to officially enter the race, said his campaign will focus on bringing pro-growth policies and a cooperative approach to lawmaking in Washington, according to the State House News Service.

Contending that “Congress has been paralyzed by partisan bickering,” the Republican hopeful told the news outlet he intends to offer an agenda focused on job creation, increasing take-home pay and restarting upward mobility.

Tedeschi added that, if elected, he hopes to bring “a common sense cooperative approach so that we can get Congress working for the people again” — something he suggested the current congressman lacks. 

“(The) incumbent congressman votes with his party and special interests 93 percent of the time — not what I would call a collaborative track record,” he reportedly said in a statement. 

The businessman further said he is looking to represent the 9th Congressional District on Capitol Hill due to his “desire to give back to an area that has been so supportive of him and his entire family for many years.

“We are blessed to have experienced a quintessential American success story that started with such humble beginnings and the dreams of a hard-working immigrant family,” he said on his campaign’s website. “This would not be possible without the sacrifices of earlier generations and the support of so many that grew up in this area as our customers, fellow employees and friends.”

His campaign added that Tedeschi sees serving in political office as a civic duty and something that is not intended to be a career. 

Tedeschi graduated from Stonehill College in 1982 and shortly thereafter  opened Computer Concepts, a computer retail, repair and training business.

He later spent 16 years working in Boston’s financial services industry, including most recently as senior vice president and director of operations for Putnam Investments, according to his campaign.

Tedeschi became CEO of his family’s Tedeschi Food Shops in 2008 and oversaw its sale to 7-Eleven Inc. in 2015. 

He has also served on boards of several organizations and held the positions of vice-chairman and treasurer for The National Association of Convenience Stores and chief strategic officer for the Midwest Retail Group LLC, according to his campaign.

Massachusetts’ 9th Congressional District includes the state’s South Shore, South Coast, Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.


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