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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
Official Website: BillKennedyforGovernor.com




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.” - BillKennedyforGovernor.com
  • 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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Campaign Finances

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Contact Information

Home:

67 NH Route 104
Danbury, NH 03230

Phone:

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

Email: horsemenb4@aol.com

Gubernatorial News

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July 31, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan says 166 NH businesses awarded R&D tax credit

July 30, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan vetoes bill on state audit process 
Union Leader: N.J. Gov. Christie to campaign for Havenstein in Nashua
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan vetoes access to privileged, state agency info

July 29, 2014
NHPR: New law demands transparency from politically active non-profits
NHPR: Hassan vetoes workplace anti-bullying bill
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan vetoes workplace bullying bill
Union Leader: Union slams Hassan veto of 'positive work environment' bill
Concord Monitor: Governor vetoes workplace bullying bill
Concord Monitor: Hassan signs human trafficking, cell phone bills
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan vetoes juvenile justice bill
Nashua Telegraph: NH Governor Maggie Hassan vetoes bullying bill

July 27, 2014
Union Leader: Governor, U.S. senators praise Easter Seals' support of NH vets
Union Leader: NH gubernatorial candidate Hemingway favors business flat tax, smaller state government

July 26, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan seeks federal evaluation of Pan Am rails

July 25, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan called out on real estate tax

July 23, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Parties cast blame as NH slips in Kids Count rankings
Seacoast Online: New Hampshire to celebrate 100 years of primary

July 22, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: GOP candidate for governor ran firm while PAC gave $512K to Democrats

July 21, 2014
Eagle-Tribune: Top NH political races heat up

July 20, 2014
NHPR: FEMA denies emergency funds for North Country flooding

July 19, 2014
WMUR: Appeal for flooding emergency funds denied

July 18, 2014
NHPR: Republicans accuse Hassan of taking illegal campaign contributions
NHPR: Hassan says feds haven't requested NH shelter immigration children
Union Leader: Hassan donations put GOP on attack
Union Leader: Dueling Hassan Northern Pass pictures draw attention
WMUR: Hassan campaign calls for quick review of finance complaint

July 17, 2014
Union Leader: GOP questions $25,000 PAC donation to Hassan
WMUR: Havenstein attacked over speech quoting Obama
Concord Monitor: Republicans call for investigation into $25,000 contribution to Hassan
Foster's Daily Democrat: GOP challenges $25K contribution to Hassan
Nashua Telegraph: Republicans question Hassan accepting $25K from pro-Northern Pass electrical union

July 15, 2014
NHPR: Not much for 'Kremlin watchers' at meeting between N.E. governors and Canadian premiers
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan signs bill seeking pay equity
Union Leader: N.E. govs., Canadian officials meet,talk energy in the future
Concord Monitor: Energy a focus as leaders meet in New Hampshire

July 13, 2014
NHPR: New England governors to meet with Canadian premiers

July 12, 2014
NHPR: Hassan signs $11 million mental health package
Union Leader: NH veterans program targeted by 'baffling bureaucratic decision'
Concord Monitor: Mental health services expand in New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: Hassan signs marriage law
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan cites greater mental health care, other achievements
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor to visit American Independence Festival
Nashua Telegraph: Funding shift may limit veterans services in NH

July 11, 2014
Union Leader: AMC asking N.E. governors to stop Northern Pass lines
Conway Daily Sun: Havenstein to stump in Conway Friday
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan to sign bill on mental health settlement

July 10, 2014
WMUR: Gov. Hassan supports review of law's use in Coco jail release

July 9, 2014
Concord Monitor: Polls show Shea-Porter in tight race; Kuster, Hassan lead challengers
NHBR: Hassan names advisory council for tech startup initiative

July 8, 2014
WMUR: Poll numbers indicate big lead for Hassan over GOP challengers

July 7, 2014
Union Leader: GOP gubernatorial candidate Havenstein says use of 'teabaggers' a 'poor choice of words'

July 6, 2014
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: Campaigns use gas tax increase as latest talking point
Nashua Telegraph: More than $5M over legislative forecast takes pressure off NH governor

July 5, 2014

Seacoast Online: Hassan celebrates country, founders
Nashua Telegraph: ‘Close case’: NH Ballot commission issues Havenstein candidacy report

July 4, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Analysis: Ballot Law Commission had to navigate legal inconsistencies in rendering Havenstein decision

July 3, 2014
NHPR: Hassan signs bill that saves tiny Millsfield from huge tax hike

July 2, 2014
Seacoast Online: PEA Principal Hassan to step down next year

July 1, 2014
NHPR: Ballot Law Commission rules Havenstein eligible
NHPR: Hassan holds Medicaid expansion kick-off event
Seacoast Online: NH state panel: GOP's Havenstein can run for governor
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidate Havenstein wins approval from Ballot Law Commission
WMUR: State panel rules Havenstein is NH resident, can run for governor
Concord Monitor: Ballot Law Commission: Republican Havenstein is eligible to run for governor
Nashua Telegraph: Havenstein ruled eligible to run for New Hampshire governor
NHBR: NH businesses pleased with Turkey trade mission