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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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May 21, 2015
NHPR: Gov. Hassan: Universal full-day kindergarten 'important next step' for NH kids
NHPR: Gov. Hassan doubts Guinta can still effectively represent NH residents
NHPR: Gov. Hassan signs off on Balsam's redevelopment bill
WMUR: Governor signs bill enabling Balsams resort redevelopment

May 20, 2015
NH1: Home health care providers protest Hassan-led payments to nursing homes

May 12, 2015
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan: Lakeview must hew to consultant's recommendations
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan presses for more winter disaster aid
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan seen as key part of Dems' U.S. Senate strategy

May 10, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan's trade trip to Turkey still drawing heat
NHPR: Governor encourages Keene State graduates to stay and work in NH

May 9, 2015
WMUR: Hassan vetoes anti-Common Core bill
NH1: Governor, key lawmakers get birds-eye view of neonatal ICU unit
Seacoast Online: Ayotte advocates for upgrades to shipyard barracks
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan vetoes bill prohibiting Common Core

May 8, 2015
WMUR: Hassan to sign bill enabling Balsams plan after Senate approval
Concord Monitor: Law prohibits employers from paying subminimum wages to people with disabilities
NHPR: NH bans lower-than-minimum wages for workers with disabilities

May 5, 2015
Keene Sentinel: Gov. Hassan coming to Keene Tuesday

May 4, 2015
NH1: Gov. Hassan announces $60K in job training grants

May 3, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan out-of-state for fundraising events

May 2, 2015
WMUR: Bobcats will be official state wildcat with governor's pen

May 1, 2015
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan pushes to fund taking care of roads

April 30, 2015
Union Leader: House passes concealed weapons bill; Gov. Hassan says she'll veto
Concord Monitor: House handily approves ‘constitutional carry’ bill, Hassan takes aim
NH1: Hassan to make sure NH concealed gun permits aren't going anywhere

April 29, 2015
Seacoast Online: Hassan defends budget at Portsmouth chamber meeting

April 28, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor approves UNH projects

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