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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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April 25, 2015
NH1: Hassan says she's 'likely' to sign 2-casino bill
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan visits Nashua Community College, calls for continued fight against substance abuse
WMUR: Hassan backs amended two-casino bill ahead of House vote

April 24, 2014
WMUR: Hacked emails show close relationship between Sony CEO and the Hassans
Foster's Daily Democrat: Emails show Gov. Hassan asked Sony CEO for campaign cash
NHPR: Governor promises action after Lakeview reports cite worsening conditions, oversight failures
NHPR: Hassan fundraising pitch among hacked Sony emails
NHPR: NH governors agree on need to drive down energy costs

April 23, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan says NH market will only support 1 casino
Union Leader: Hassan notes among hacked Sony emails
Concord Monitor: Hassan doesn’t think NH needs two casinos
NH1: Hassan staying neutral for now in 2016 Democratic presidential nomination race

April 22, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan: nearly 750 households have avoided foreclosure through state initiative

April 20. 2015
Seacoast Online: Hassan to address Portsmouth chamber on April 28

April 17, 2015
NHBR: Hassan among 28 governors urging support for Ex-Im Bank

April 16, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, governors push back over McConnell letter to defy EPA

April 15, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan seeks more socially responsible budget

April 14, 2015
NHPR: State to shut down Lakeview special ed school, Hassan says more actions to come
Concord Monitor: Hassan wants NH to follow EPA Clean Power Plan despite objection from McConnell

April 8, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan to nominate Quiram to lead Administrative Services

April 1, 2015
NH1: Gov. Hassan would consider Indiana travel ban
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan apologizes to fourth-graders for lawmakers' comments
WMUR: Governor visits fourth-graders who proposed raptor bill

March 28, 2015
NHPR: Gov. Hassan: Cuts in House budget 'unnecessary,' new revenue needed