Candidates see turning point in 9th District race

Keating warns of eroding rights; Tedeschi criticizes partisan politics

Geoff Spillane / Cape Cod Times

November 4, 2018

HYANNIS — U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., may be facing his toughest challenge in years in a bid for a fourth term representing the 9th Congressional District on Capitol Hill.

Keating, of Bourne, is running against Republican Peter Tedeschi, a businessman from Marshfield with a highly recognizable name in the district as former CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops.

The 9th District is composed of 46 municipalities in an area that extends from Norwell to Fall River and includes Cape Cod and the Islands. Keating represented the former 10th Congressional District for one term before redistricting in 2012.

“This is the most important election of our lifetime,” said Keating, a staunch opponent of President Trump. “Rights and protections are being taken away from us. I’ll fight to keep those rights, especially health care, in place.”

Tedeschi said he decided to run for office to give back to the communities that have given so much to his family.

“We can complain, or we can do something about it,” he said.

On the campaign trail, Tedeschi has been critical of Keating’s partisanship and long tenure — more than 40 years — in elective office.

“I’m going there to do the work of the people, not the party or special interests,” said Tedeschi, who took a pledge to serve only three terms, or six years, if elected.

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