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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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April 1, 2015
NH1: Gov. Hassan would consider Indiana travel ban
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan apologizes to fourth-graders for lawmakers' comments
WMUR: Governor visits fourth-graders who proposed raptor bill

March 28, 2015
NHPR: Gov. Hassan: Cuts in House budget 'unnecessary,' new revenue needed

March 25, 2015
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan, and family, moving to Newfields

March 21, 2015
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan defends 4th-graders, blasts lawmakers
Union Leader: Scott Walker knocks Hassan in email blast

March 19, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan asks supporters to protest GOP's proposed budget cuts

March 18, 2015
Concord Monitor: Graham, Pataki, Hassan throw playful jabs at Wild Irish Breakfast

March 17, 2015
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan requests federal aid for blizzard

March 13, 2015

Concord Monitor: Hassan, speaking to Concord Chamber, continues to oppose business tax reductions
Keene Sentinel: Hassan tours Peterborough plant one year after explosion

March 11, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: Gov, officials honor Greater Nashua soldier Pitts

March 10, 2015
Concord Monitor: Budget input solicited through House hearings, Hassan emails

March 9, 2015
NHPR: Hassan says state needs to support Balsams redevelopment

March 8, 2015
Nashua Telegraph: NH governor opposes bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

March 7, 2015
WMUR: Gov. Hassan backs Balsams bill
Concord Monitor: PolitiFact NH: State GOP says governor is required to notify Senate president of out-of-state travel

March 6, 2015
Concord Monitor: Senate backs business tax reduction, tables budget reductions against Hassan’s wishes
Union Leader: State senators, governor spar over budget priorities

March 4, 2015
Union Leader: Governor refusing to release department head energy proposals

March 3, 2015
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan's travel records requested by NHGOP
Union Leader: Hassan, Shaheen attend Emily's List gala
NH1: NY, DC speeches fuel more Hassan 2016 Senate talk