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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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Jan. 28, 2015
NHPR: Should NH's governor serve a four-year term?

Jan. 27, 2015
NHPR: Utilities prepare, Hassan declares state of emergency as snowstorm approaches
WMUR: Hassan declares state of emergency as blizzard looms
Keene Sentinel: Hassan declares state of emergency, tells NH residents to stay home

Jan. 22, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: After deficit warning, Hassan predicts $1M budget surplus

Jan. 21, 2015
Concord Monitor: Lowering state businesses taxes supported by GOP; Hassan says bills would create hole in budget

Jan. 17, 2015
WMUR: Gov. Hassan hosting North Country inaugural ball in Bretton Woods

Jan. 16, 2015
NHPR: Cops permitted easier access to life-saving overdose drug
NHPR: STEM in NH schools: How to follow through on task force report
Seacoast Online: New rules would let police treat heroin overdoses
Concord Monitor: New rules would allow police to be trained to carry and use anti-overdose drug
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan proposed naloxone training for police

Jan. 15, 2015
NHPR: NH budget facing $30 million shortfall
Concord Monitor: State needs to patch $30 million hole in the budget

Jan. 14, 2015
Seacoast Online: Report: NH needs better science, math education 
Union Leader: Report released on increasing student numbers in STEM fields
WMUR: State report highlights importance of STEM education
Citizen of Laconia: State pushes STEM
Concord Monitor: Governor’s STEM Task Force announces final report, recommendations

Jan. 13, 2015
NHPR: Hassan appoints county administrator to lead new substance abuse health initiative

Jan. 12, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan names Wozmak as drug abuse, mental health director

Jan. 11, 2015
Concord Monitor: Despite claims of transparency, Gov. Hassan refuses to release proposals to make state government more efficient
Concord Monitor: In inauguration and other major speeches, Hassan relies on familiar script

Jan. 10, 2015
Concord Monitor: Utility giant among top sponsors of Hassan’s inaugural ball

Jan. 9, 2015
NHPR:  Governor Hassan inaugurated for second term
NHPR: State House open house features made in New Hampshire goods
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan says rail, energy, minimum wage are priorities
Union Leader: Hassan's priorities concern GOP
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan, in inaugural speech, urges creativity and new approaches to address problems
WMUR: Hassan's push for commuter rail draws support, skepticism
WMUR: Governor calls for bipartisan action to help economy
Concord Monitor: Hassan focuses on commuter rail, minimum wage and low education costs in inaugural address
Concord Monitor: After inauguration, governor welcomes visitors to State House reception
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan pushes for strong economic growth during inaugural speech
Nashua Telegraph: Nashua student recognized by Hassan during inauguration

Jan. 8, 2015
WMUR: Food bank student chefs cooking for governor’s inauguration party
Concord Monitor: Gov. Hassan faces second term with a challenging political landscape
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan to be inaugurated for 2nd term
NH1: NH Gov. Maggie Hassan optimistic in inaugural eve interview with NH1

Jan. 7, 2015
NHPR: Hassan's inaugural donors list will be made available, Bradley calls for mandatory disclosure
Union Leader: Hassan proposes business tax amnesty to help balance budget
WMUR: Hassan set to outline budget plan
Concord Monitor: Hassan orders budget reductions, tax amnesty program

Jan. 6, 2015
NHPR: Hassan faces news political landscape, NH House remains unsettled
Concord Monitor: Sweeney to work part time in Department of Safety; Hassan seeking new person for post

Jan. 4, 2015
Union Leader: 'Celebrating New Hampshire' to be inaugural theme
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan inauguration highlights Food Bank program