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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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Aug. 31, 2014
NHPR: Conversations with primary candidates for U.S. House, U.S. Senate & NH Governor
Seacoast Online: Hemingway faces uphill run in GOP primary
Keene Sentinel: Two Democratic candidates for governor challenge Hassan in her bid for re-election

Aug. 30, 2014
NHPR: Primary 2014: A conversation with gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein
NHPR: Hassan joins New England governors in push to reverse painkiller approval
Seacoast Online: 6 New England governors urge painkiller reversal
Concord Monitor: Hemingway defends business record
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan’s bill saves Dover $2.7m
Keene Sentinel: Economics at center of Havenstein's bid for governor

Aug. 29, 2014
NHPR: Primary 2014: A conversation with gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan signs ATV bills, opens new North Country connector trail
Union Leader: Education business tax credit program upheld; Hassan asks lawmakers to repeal the law
Citizen of Laconia: Havenstein campaigns over breakfast at Tilt'n Diner
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hemingway focuses on jobs, education in run for governor 

Aug. 28, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan praises Market Basket deal that reinstates Arthur T. Demoulas
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan launches student video contest
Seacoast Online: NH attorney general won't probe GOP finance complaint
Union Leader: AG dismisses GOP's request for Hassan inquiry
WMUR: AG's office says it won't investigate donation to Hassan
Keene Sentinel: Hemingway stops in Keene as he makes bid for governor 

Aug. 27, 2014
NHPR: Democrats say Havenstein broke campaign finance rules, and GOP fires right back
Seacoast Online: Dueling finance complaints filed in NH governor's race
Union Leader: NH gubernatorial candidate Hemingway's business acumen questioned by lawyer
Union Leader: Complaints fly over NH gubernatorial campaign contributions
WMUR: Political parties file dueling finance complaints

Aug. 26, 2014
Keene Sentinel: In NH, access to drug treatment is growing, slowly, governor says 

Aug. 25, 2014
Seacoast Online: Republicans go after Democrats at debate 
Union Leader: NH GOP gubernatorial candidates Havenstein, Hemingway square off in debate

Aug. 24, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Patrick says there's 'agreement in principle' on sale of Market Basket to Arthur T. Demoulas
Union Leader: NH GOP gubernatorial candidates Havenstein, Hemingway square off in debate
Concord Monitor: New England governors’ energy effort on hold

Aug. 23, 2014
Seacoast Online: Market Basket deal expected this weekend
Union Leader: AG asked to investigate Hemingway campaign donations after complaint filed by Grantham attorney with Sununu ties
WMUR: NH, Mass. governors say Market Basket deal may be close
Nashua Telegraph: Governors’ latest word on Market Basket standoff: Light at end of tunnel

Aug. 22, 2014
Seacoast Online: Poll: Hassan leads GOP challengers
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan focuses on education and housing in the Mount Washington Valley

Aug. 21, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Havenstein running close in gubernatorial money race
NHPR: GOP candidates for governor debate policy, integrity
Seacoast Online: Havenstein on the economy
Union Leader: Hassan, Havenstein both raise nearly $2m
Union Leader: Maryland to GOP candidate: You have 30 days to pay taxes
Union Leader: GOP governor candidates Hemingway, Havenstein spar during morning radio debate
WMUR: Poll shows Hassan leading potential challengers
WMUR: Maryland says Havenstein owes state tax credits
Concord Monitor: Havenstein, Hemingway spar over Medicaid expansion, economic growth, personal character
Concord Monitor: First financial filing: Hassan outraises Republican competition

Aug. 20, 2014
Concord Monitor: Candidate profile: Walt Havenstein, 65, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Aug. 19, 2014
NHPR: Officials break ground for women's prison
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan: Business taxes hurting budget 
Seacoast Online: Governors step into supermarket feud 
Union Leader: NH, Mass. governors think Market Basket Deal 'may be within reach,' spokesperson says
Concord Monitor: Candidate profile: Andrew Hemingway, 32, makes case for gubernatorial bid
Concord Monitor: NH breaks ground on new Concord women’s prison
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire PAC endorses Hemingway, Garcia
Eagle-Tribune: NH breaks ground on women's prison
Nashua Telegraph: Gov. Hassan joins Market Basket negotiations; seafood vendor makes a public break with the company

Aug. 18, 2014
Seacoast Online: Republican candidates to debate in Exeter
WMUR: NH, Mass. governors meet with Market Basket leaders
Foster's Daily Democrat: Groundbreaking takes place for new women's prison

Aug. 17, 2014
Union Leader: Garry Rayno's State House Dome: The 'numbers' say it's an election year
Nashua Telegraph: - Republican primary for governor likely to get tougher

Aug. 16, 2014
Seacoast Online: Governor Hassan marks health care program launch
Concord Monitor: Attorney General recuses himself from latest Hassan complaint

Aug. 15, 2014
NHPR: Governor Hassan declares emergency in wake of 'Spice' overdoses
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan declares emergency after synthetic pot overdoses
Union Leader: Hassan declares State of Emergency over use of 'spice'
Union Leader: NHGOP robocalls over Hassan's labor contributions
WMUR: State of emergency declared because of drug overdoses
Citizen of Laconia: State of Emergency declared after drug overdoses
Concord Monitor: Election 2014: What you need to know for the Sept. 9 primary
Concord Monitor: Hassan declares state of emergency amid synthetic pot overdoses
Keene Sentinel: Governor declares state of emergency as drug overdoses spiral 
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan declares state of emergency following overdoses of synthetic marijuana product called Smacked!

Aug. 14, 2014
Keene Sentinel: NH Republican candidates for governor face off at debate 

Aug. 13, 2014
NHPR: Hassan signs victims' protection bills
Union Leader: GOP candidates for governor debate at FPU
WMUR: Republicans debate ways to improve NH economy
WMUR: Governor holds ceremony to sign Joshua's Law
Concord Monitor: GOP’s governor hopefuls square off in NH debate
Nashua Telegraph: One year after her son’s death, Becky Ranes of Amherst celebrates NH’s new domestic violence laws

Aug. 12, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Bill signing set on domestic violence, trafficking
Foster's Daily Democrat: GOP's governor hopefuls set for debate

Aug. 9, 2014
Seacoast Online: Walt Havenstein preaches his economic ideals at Sea Hagg Distillery
WMUR: Horn requests information about Hassan ad shot in gov office
Citizen of Laconia: Governor signs farm bill into law in Tilton
Concord Monitor: Granite State Farm to Plate bill sets up future legislation for local farming and fishing

Aug. 8, 2014
NHPR: Hassan campaign returns $33K in improper contributions
Concord Monitor: Hassan campaign returns additional $9,000 in contributions
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan seeks conservative budget proposals
Nashua Telegraph: NH governor asks agency heads for even budgets, ideas to streamline operations
Nashua Telegraph: Hemingway looks to shake up NH’s business taxes in race for governor
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan urges Market Basket workers to apply for jobless benefits

Aug. 7, 2014
NHPR: Mitt Romney endorses Walt Havenstein
WMUR: Flags to be flown at half staff in honor of former NH First Lady
WMUR: Romney backs GOP candidate Walt Havenstein
WMUR: Hassan begins TV advertising for re-election
Conway Daily Sun: Hemingway kicks off statewide tour Thursday, starts in MWV
Nashua Telegraph: Busy day for NH governor’s race with money returned, big name endorsement

Aug. 6, 2014
NHPR: Walt Havenstein targets business profits tax for reductions
NHPR: Gov. Hassan nominates I.T., tourism department heads
NHPR: Gov. Hassan: No large expenditures after July drop in revenue
WMUR: Gubernatorial candidate's fundraiser to celebrate Second Amendment
Citizen of Laconia: Hassan hosts 'Live Free and Start' roundtable
Citizen of Laconia:  Governor honors residents for work in community
Concord Monitor: Havenstein, Hemingway share ideas for growing state’s economy
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gubernatorial hopeful Havenstein launches Dover series of Republican town hall sessions
Nashua Telegraph: Havenstein says economic plan would restore NH Advantage
Nashua Telegraph: Havenstein says more nuclear should be in future energy mix
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan puts large spending on hold after state revenues sink

Aug. 5, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan OKs new charitable gaming regulations
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan signs charity gambling oversight law
Union Leader: Havenstein: 25,000 new jobs by 2017
Concord Monitor: Gov. Hassan signs charity gambling oversight law
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan nominating info technology, tourism heads
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan signs bill getting tougher on charity gambling

Aug. 4, 2014
NHPR: Catherine Gregg, former NH first lady, dies
Seacoast Online: Ex-New Hampshire First Lady Catherine Gregg dies
Foster's Daily Democrat: Last day for gov to decide on bills
Nashua Telegraph: Catherine Gregg, ex-New Hampshire first lady and former Nashua resident, dies
Nashua Telegraph: State’s final bills from 2014 await Gov. Maggie Hassan’s decision

Aug. 3, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov signs pre-buy fuel contracts bill
Union Leader: Former NH first lady Catherine Gregg dies
Union Leader: Opponent criticizes Hassan over late campaign contributions
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: Hassan, state employees union clash over veto
Nashua Telegraph: NH gov signs bills dealing with tollbooth photos, social media, restraining children
Nashua Telegraph: NH governor’s vetoes more about style than substance

Aug. 2, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan's campaign ordered to return $24K in contributions
Seacoast Online: AG to Hassan: Return $24K donation
Union Leader: State AG's ruling: Gov. Maggie Hassan must return $24K
WMUR: AG rules that Gov. Hassan's electoral PAC give back $24K
Concord Monitor: AG: Hassan campaign must return $24,000 donation
Nashua Telegraph: New law protects NH prebuy heating fuel contracts
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan ordered to return $24,000 after NH AG ruling

Aug. 1, 2014
NHPR: Chris Christie stumps for Havenstein in Nashua
Seacoast Online: Christie makes 2nd summer stop in NH
Union Leader: Christie supports Havenstein's gubernatorial bid at BAE
Union Leader: Havenstein says he has always opposed Obamacare, though company he led was paid to implement parts of it
WMUR: Governor Christie visits Granite State again
Concord Monitor: Chris Christie, stumping for gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein, defends record
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan emails Market Basket directors
Nashua Telegraph: Havenstein stumps with Christie in tow
Nashua Telegraph: GOP candidate for governor Walt Havenstein faces criticism for profiting off Affordable Care Act