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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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Sept. 30, 2014
NHPR: As electricity prices rise, policy makers ponder solutions
Seacoast Online: Politics meets energy at New Hampshire summit
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidates speak on energy issues at summit
WMUR: Indiana Gov. Pence to campaign with Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Hassan, Havenstein paint different pictures of NH’s energy future

Sept. 29, 2014
NHPR: Gubernatorial, senate candidates address energy issues at summit

Sept. 28, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor Hassan centers campaign on bipartisanship

Sept. 27, 2014
NHPR: Havenstein stumps with Jindal at charter school
Seacoast Online: Louisiana Gov. Jindal campaigns with Havenstein
Concord Monitor: - Louisiana Gov. Jindal campaigns with Havenstein

Sept. 26, 2014
WMUR: Ad watch: Hassan, Havenstein attack each other in ads

Sept. 25, 2014
NHPR: Hassan tells voters to 'think hard' about Havenstein's proposed cuts

Sept. 24, 2014
Seacoast Online: Hassan campaign attacks opponent's business record
Union Leader: Havenstein's time at SAIC scrutinized
WMUR: For first time, Hassan wants Havenstein to answer for business career
Foster's Daily Democrat:
Hassan to address voters at UNH Law
Foster's Daily Democrat: New Hampshire governor to proclaim US Marshals Day

Sept. 23, 2014
NHPR: Havenstein dubs his anti-tax oath 'Pledge 2.0'
Union Leader: Havenstein offers his updated version of 'The Pledge'
Union Leader: State troopers union endorses Gov. Hassan for reelection
Concord Monitor: In ‘Pledge 2.0,’ Havenstein commits to controlling spending
Concord Monitor: Hassan: Havenstein ‘would be a rubber stamp for Bill O’Brien and the Koch Brothers’

Sept. 22, 2014
Union Leader: Havenstein to unveil 'Pledge 2.0' today, saying, 'I won't spend money we don't have'
Concord Monitor: Havenstein takes tax pledge, troopers back Hassan

Sept. 20, 2014
Concord Monitor: Walt Havenstein, Carly Fiorina tour local company MadgeTech
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan supports raising minimum wage

Sept. 18, 2014
NHPR: NH House upholds three Hassan vetoes
NHPR: Chris Christie stumps in NH for Havenstein, Brown
Union Leader: Havenstein says Christie backing a 'boost'
Union Leader: Heading into general election, Hassan leads over Havenstein in fundraising
Concord Monitor: Hassan names Odell, Merrill to committee that permits Northern Pass, wind projects
Concord Monitor: Poll: Democratic incumbents leading in U.S. Senate, governor races

Sept. 17, 2014
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidates spar over economic issues
Union Leader: Former GOP backers head veterans group for Hassan
Concord Monitor: Hassan to nominate PUC chairwoman for one of three judicial openings

Sept. 16, 2014
NHPR: Senate fails to overrride Hassan veto of juvenile justice bill
Union Leader: Hassan veto sustained by Senate on juvenile justice bill
WMUR: Havenstein attacks Hassan on economy
Keene Sentinel: Hassan visits Keene supporters, talks November election

Sept. 14, 2014
Seacoast Online: Havenstein walks a fine line in New Hampshire
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan signs 3 bills designed to protect NH against pipeline spills

Sept. 13, 2014
Seacoast Online: Mayor urges Hassan to order rail study
WMUR: Hassan goes up with first attack ad on Havenstein

Sept. 12, 2014
NHPR: Hassan proclaims Sept. 11 'Day of Remembrance'
Union Leader: It's official: Brown, Havenstein both earn sweeps
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor to be in driver's seat at Speedway track

Sept. 11, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Artie T. praise Market Basket workers in Londonderry
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan to attend 9-11 memorial services
WMUR: Havenstein, Hassan hit road on race to governor's office

Sept. 10, 2014
NHPR: Havenstein wins party nomination, faces tough race against Hassan
Seacoast Online: Victorious Havenstein to face Gov. Hassan
Union Leader: Havenstein sails to victory, will face Hassan
WMUR: Havenstein takes GOP gubernatorial race
Concord Monitor: Havenstein win sets up showdown with Hassan
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein holds off Hemingway in GOP gov. race

Sept. 9, 2014
WMUR: Gubernatorial candidates make final pitches before primary
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein, Hemingway vie for GOP governor's nod

Sept. 7, 2014
Union Leader: In NH gubernatorial debate, Havenstein, Hemingway highlight different styles
Keene Sentinel: - Four Republican hopefuls for NH governor square off in the primary 

Sept. 6, 2014
NHPR: Final gubernatorial debate highlights differences in leadership style, economic plans
NHPR: Walt Havenstein's strengths in general election may be weaknesses in primary
Seacoast Online: Final debate for Republicans in NH governor's race
Union Leader: NH GOP gubernatorial candidates square off in debate
WMUR: GOP candidates for governor square off in debate
WMUR: Analysis: Grading the Republican Debate for governor
Concord Monitor: GOP gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway meet in debate
Nashua Telegraph: Republican candidates for NH governor square off

Sept. 5, 2014
NHPR: Commission aims to lower NH's workers compensation medical costs
Foster's Daily Democrat: Final debate for Republicans eyeing governor's nod
Keene Sentinel: Hassan signs bills, meets with health officials on visit to region
NHBR: Governor creates commission to tackle workers’ comp costs

Sept. 4, 2014
Union Leader: Hassan leads fundraising week before primary
Concord Monitor: Gov. Maggie Hassan continues to outraise Republican opposition
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor to pick 'first apple of the season'

Sept. 3, 2014
Union Leader: NEA endorses Hassan for governor

Sept. 2, 2014
NHPR: Havenstein banking on youth, tech savvy in bid for NH governor
Seacoast Online: Andrew Hemingway faces uphill battle in gubernatorial campaign
Seacoast Online: Havenstein says teamwork key to government success
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan to cut ribbon on 25th annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

Sept. 1, 2014
Seacoast Online: Peace treaty ceremony set for Market Square

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