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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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Videos

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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Nov. 28, 2014
NHPR: Hassan: Granite Staters should prepare for 'days-long' outages

Nov. 25, 2014
NHPR: Hassan orders $18 million in budget cuts
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan asks agencies for $18M in budget cuts
WMUR: Hassan issues executive order to cut budgets
Concord Monitor: $18 million in NH budget cuts a ‘first step;’ more reductions to come

Nov. 24, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan to present budget reductions

Nov. 17, 2014
Seacoast Online: Agencies present requests for next budget

Nov. 15, 2014
Seacoast Online: City has ‘very good meeting’ with governor

Nov. 14, 2014
NHPR: State agencies present budget requests to Gov. Hassan
Seacoast Online: Hassan kicks off insurance sign-up season

Nov. 13, 2014
Union Leader: Havenstein, Hassan spent more than $1m each in general election
WMUR: More than $5.5 million spent in governor's race
Concord Monitor: Hassan introduces new SEC nominees

Nov. 12, 2014
NHPR: Governor, Congressional leaders honor state's 130,000 vets
Seacoast Online: Hassan nominates Rye lawyer to PUC committee
Concord Monitor: FHassan changes nominations to Site Evaluation Committee
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan makes nominations to PUC, energy committee

Nov. 10, 2014
WMUR: Hassan declares November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness month

Nov. 8, 2014
WMUR: -Governor will face Republican-controlled House, Senate

Nov. 7, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: GOP's Havenstein to stay active; mum on future run
NH1: Walt Havenstein won't rule out a second run for office

Nov. 6, 2014
NHPR: In second term, Hassan faces GOP-led Legislature, Executive Council
Nashua Telegraph: New Hampshire Democrats keep US Senate, governor

Nov. 5, 2014
NHPR: Hassan wins second term as governor
Seacoast Online: Gov. Maggie Hassan wins second term
Union Leader: Hassan holds off Havenstein challenge to return to corner office
WMUR: Hassan wins re-election bid for governor
Concord Monitor: Strong returns vault Hassan to another term as governor
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan wins second term
Nashua Telegraph: NH exit poll results: 'Carpetbagger' tag sticks to Brown; Hassan picks up GOP crossover votes
NH1: Maggie Hassan tops Walt Havenstein to win 2nd term as governor

Nov. 4, 2014
NHPR: Christie makes fifth NH visit to campaign for Havenstein
Union Leader: GOP's Christie gets on the bus to stump for NH candidates
Union Leader: Hassan talks apples and politics during Londonderry campaign stop
Union Leader: On the issues: Gubernatorial candidates, at a glance
WMUR: Hassan, Havenstein campaigning as race for governor tightens
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan and Havenstein spar in Conway

Nov. 3, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, Havestein making closing arguments to voters
Foster's Daily Democrat: Christie to make 5th NH stop for Havenstein
Nashua Telegraph: Clinton, Hassan, Shaheen rally voters at Nashua Community College
NH1: New NH1/NEC poll - NH Governor and Senate contests all knotted up

Nov. 2, 2014
WMUR: Candidates for governor, Senate, and Congress campaign in New Hampshire Saturday
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, Havenstein making closing arguments to voters

Oct. 31, 2014
Seacoast Online: Havenstein touts economic plan
Seacoast Online: Democrats hit Havenstein on raises amid scam probe
Union Leader: Hassan says helping veterans remains a priority
Concord Monitor: U.S. Senate, gubernatorial races breed big ad spending
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan, Havenstein spending same amount

Oct. 30, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Havenstein face off in last debate
NHPR:  Hassan says state will take action to enforce 21-day Ebola quarantine
Seacoast Online: Hassan, Havenstein trade barbs over economy
Seacoast Online: Hassan, Brown and Guinta win matchstick poll
Union Leader: Candidates for governor take on economy, Ebola in debate
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidates spend about $1.2 million each
WMUR: Analysis: Grading the NH governor debate
WMUR: Hassan, Havenstein debate economy, energy, Ebola
WMUR: Poll shows Hassan increasing lead over Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Hassan, Havenstein get in last-minute jabs during final televised debate
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan wants to continue bipartisan progress
Keene Sentinel: A look at the issues: NH governor's race

Oct. 29, 2014
Seacoast Online: Havenstein at Portsmouth Rotary on Thursday
WMUR: Debate preview: New Hampshire governor
Citizen of Laconia: Governor labels drug use as serious public safety problem
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, Havenstein to meet in final TV debate

Oct. 28, 2014
Conway Daily Sun: Havenstein outlines economic priorities as he vies to unseat Gov. Hassan
NH1: New NH1/NEC poll Governor and Senate contests all knotted up