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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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Sept. 3, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan calls on NH Board of Medicine to institute tougher standards for prescribing opioids

Sept. 2, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Governors urge FDA to toughen opioid labels

Sept. 1, 2015
NHPR: Hassan to celebrate start of apple season in Londonderry

Aug. 31, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: NH struggles to expand beds for treatment programs

Aug. 29, 2015
NH1: Private partnerships may be key to making NH commuter rail a reality

Aug. 28, 2015
WMUR: New poll finds Hassan leading Sununu, Bradley in potential matchups
Concord Monitor: PolititFact NH: Americans for Prosperity calls Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal a tax
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan signs transit bills into law

Aug. 25, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor leads substance abuse roundtable in Somersworth
NH1: Ex-NH governor John H. Sununu recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery

Aug. 23, 2015
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: The Maggie Hassan question mark lingers
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan, GOP lawmakers still at budget impasse
NH1: NH Political Report: Private talks on state budget fail to yield to public support

Aug. 21, 2015
NHPR: Hassan names transportation commissioner nominee
NHPR: Budget stalemate drags on after Hassan plan GOP counter proposal
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan nominates Nashua woman for transportation post

Aug. 20, 2015
Union Leader: State budget negotiations stall
Concord Monitor: GOP lawmakers offer compromise on state employee pay increase, remain firm on business tax cuts

Aug,. 19, 2015
NHPR: Unlicensed substance abuse programs scramble to comply with regulations

Aug. 18, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan calls White House drug initiative good first step
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan pushed on pipeline stand
Concord Monitor: Hassan, Shaheen praise White House heroin initiative

Aug. 15, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan urges feds to seek alternative route for gas pipeline
NHPR: Sununu, Hassan Continue To Spar Over Rejected Planned Parenthood Contract

Aug. 13, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan calls for review of treatment regulations
Conway Daily Sun: Effingham's Camp Invention attracts governor

Aug. 12, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan signs three bills aimed at helping victims of crime

Aug. 11, 2015
NH1: Governor speaks out about cuts to Planned Parenthood

Aug. 9, 2015
NH1: Statue, plaza planned for former Gov. John Gilbert Winant

Aug. 8, 2015
Concord Monitor: Hassan tours Sununu Youth Services Center amid budget conversation about how to reduce costs

Aug. 7, 2015
WMUR: Conservative group launches $1 million TV ad buy to criticize Hassan on budget veto
NH1: Gov. Hassan denies Manchester's request for heroin state of emergency

Aug. 6, 2015
Union Leader: Governor says no to mayor's request to declare heroin emergency
Concord Monitor: Hassan tells Manchester mayor: Federal funds can’t be used for drug court in city

Aug. 4, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Cancer cost bill signed into law
NHPR: Hassan and Shaheen Push for Increase in Substance Abuse Funding
WMUR: Hassan, Shaheen, judges, police gather to discuss heroin issue in NH