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Bill Kennedy (D)

Experience: 29 years of US military experience
Residence: Danbury
Family: Married
Education: BA, University of New Hampshire; MIA, Oklahoma University
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Bill Kennedy has lived in New Hampshire since 1967, and is a product of the Portsmouth Public School System. He received his BA from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s in International Relations from Oklahoma University. Kennedy is a Democrat, as well as a self-proclaimed “centrist.”

After graduating from UNH in 1982, Kennedy entered the Air Force as a Commissioned Officer in the Security Police career field. In 1995 he became a Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmenter, and after 9/11 he was officially reactivated and offered command of a security unit in Vogelweh, Germany. Kennedy was deployed to Afghanistan in May 2008, and was responsible for training Afghan State Police Forces in Adraskan. For his service in Afghanistan, Kennedy received the following awards: The Bronze Star medal, Afgan Campaign medal, and the NATO medal. His last deployment was in support of the Special Operations Command Central as their Anti-Terrorism Officer, for which he received the Joint Meritorious Service Medal. Kennedy retired in 2011, and returned to Danbury, New Hampshire.

Kennedy entered the 2012 Gubernatorial Race because he felt that all the candidates were either too far left or too far right. He considers himself the moderate solution to New Hampshire’s problems, and will bridge the gap between the polarized parties.

Position on the Issues
Economy, Budget, & Taxes:

  • Believes the state's property taxes are too high
    “[C]ap property taxes at 1.25% of assessed or sale value (whichever is highest) and this will result in 40 – 50% savings. Someone currently paying $6000 in taxes will have their property taxes reduced by $2400 or more.” -
  • Proposes a 4% flat-rate income tax to make up for lost property tax revenue.
  • Opposes the development of casinos in the state and believes they facilitate crime and corruption
Civil Issues:

  • Supports same-sex marriage and would fight any attempt to repeal it
  • Tentatively supports abortion rights, although at the recent NH Democratic Governor Debate at New England College he claimed he was “ethically torn.”
  • Believes that publicly funded education K-12 is a right, and should be protected.
  • Opposes the death penalty, and believes it has no deterrent effect on crime
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Local Bedford NH TV producer and blogger Kathy Benuck interviews New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Kennedy as part of her show "Tell It Like It Is" on Bedford community access television.

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Contact Information


67 NH Route 104
Danbury, NH 03230


(603) 768-3318
(603) 630-7412


Gubernatorial News

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March 4, 2015
Union Leader: Governor refusing to release department head energy proposals

March 3, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan's travel records requested by NHGOP
Union Leader: Hassan, Shaheen attend Emily's List gala
NH1: NY, DC speeches fuel more Hassan 2016 Senate talk

Feb. 28, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: NH governor defends budget, proposed COO position

Feb. 27, 2015
NHPR: Political ads look ahead to possible Hassan-Ayotte showdown
Concord Monitor: Hassan urges Republicans to follow her lead and be clear on what they’re willing to fund or not
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan to help deliver chowder from Super Bowl wager

Feb. 26, 2015
NH1: Top pro-GOP outside group slams Gov. Hassan in new ad

Feb. 25, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan nominates Goulet as head of state’s IT department

Feb. 24, 2015
Concord Monitor: Gov. Hassan calls for clean homeland security funding bill
Union Leader: Roads, schools common ground at National Governors Association
NH1: Hassan: NH health care program has 35,000 enrollees

Feb. 23, 2015
NHPR: Hassan visits Washington D.C. for governor's conference, Obama meeting

Feb. 20, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan declares Entrepreneurship Week in NH
Concord Monitor: Hassan to kick off three-day trip to D.C.

Feb. 19, 2015
WMUR: Poll shows Gov. Hassan's job approval rating at 55 percent

Feb. 18, 2015
NHPR: Hassan banks on keno but still wants a casino
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan still supports casino
Union Leader: Hassan lays out budget priorities to lawmakers
WMUR: Hassan still supports casino but leaves it out of budget
Concord Monitor: As 'right-to-work' bills vetted, Hassan says she would veto them
Concord Monitor: Hassan presents budget to Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee; House projections $229M lower than hers
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan still supports casino despite absence in her budget
NH1: Hassan on budget: Republicans be honest if deep cuts wanted

Feb. 17, 2015
Citizen of Laconia: Hassan's state budget plan may boost local projects
Concord Monitor: Lawmakers to question Maggie Hassan on budget proposal
Concord Monitor: In New Hampshire speech, Christie takes aim at Gov. Hassan

Feb. 16, 2015
NHPR: Governor Hassan on her '16-17 budget priorities and how to pay for them
Concord Monitor: Hassan's budget carries clues to possible Senate run

Feb. 15, 2015
Union Leader: State budget plan greeted as mixed bag
Union Leader: Garry Rayno's State House Dome: State budget proposal has a little something for all
WMUR: Capital Beat: Governor’s budget plan avoids casino gambling in favor of keno

Feb. 14, 2015
Concord Monitor: PolitiFact NH: Maggie Hassan says NH had highest median income in U.S. in 2013
NH1: NHGOP posts fake ad for NH COO position

Feb. 13, 2014
NHPR: Governor Hassan delivers 2015 budget address
NHPR: Hassan plan includes a new 'chief operating officer'
Seacoast Online: Keno, no casino, in Gov. Hassan's $11.5B budget
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan presents state budget proposal; budget would grow 6.4 percent over two years
WMUR: Hassan presents proposed $11.5B budget plan
Concord Monitor: Hassan identifies new funds to pay for state budget increases
Concord Monitor: Education funding looms large in Hassan’s budget, but not enough for tuition freeze at UNH
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan's $11.5B budget includes modest new revenue
Foster's Daily Democrat: USNH budget 10 percent less than requested 
NH1: Gov. Hassan proposes $11.4 billion budget with cigarette tax, Keno, motor vehicle fee hikes

Feb. 12, 2015
NHPR: Hassan faces challenges, questions on budget priorities
Union Leader: Hassan to present budget proposal
WMUR: Hassan to present budget proposal to lawmakers
Concord Monitor: Hassan budget plan to include state chief operating officer
Foster's Daily Democrat: Revenue vs. spending likely key to Hassan's budget proposal

Feb. 11, 2015
NHPR: Nursing home residents, administrators want Hassan to reinstate $7 million cut
Union Leader: Safety head Barthelmes nominated for another term
Concord Monitor: Hassan facing pressure ahead of her budget proposal
NH1: Nursing home community concerned about Medicaid cuts

Feb. 10, 2015
Union Leader: - NHGOP, Gov. Hassan spar over right-to-know law

Feb. 9, 2015
Seacoast Online: Millions in lawsuit settlements strain New Hampshire budget
Union Leader: State House Dome: Budget figuring shows NH's limits

Feb. 7, 2015
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan, NH employees agree on 2% pay raise
Union Leader: Workers’ union and state reach contract agreement
Concord Monitor: State House: Hassan, state employees union reach tentative deal

Feb. 5, 2015
Union Leader: Debate over commuter rail in Granite State taking shape
Union Leader: GOP seeks right-to-know on Hassan travel