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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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April 17, 2014
Union Leader: Havenstein announces for Republican nomination in governor's race
Union Leader: Granite Status: Havenstein talks tax stance to make position clear
WMUR: Havenstein officially in GOP race for governor
Concord Monitor: Havenstein, NH Republican gubernatorial candidate, builds platform on economic growth, jobs
Eagle-Tribune: Havenstein announces bid for governor
Nashua Telegraph: New GOP face, former BAE boss, gets into race for governor
NHPR: Havenstein says he's ready (and eligible) to run for governor
Seacoast Online: Poll: Gov. Hassan gets good rating, GOP names little-known

April 16, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Businessman Havenstein to enter NH governor's race

April 13, 2014
Citizen of Laconia: Hassan addresses Alzheimer's forum in DC

April 12, 2014
Union Leader: Ex-governors gather to boost Bridges House

April 10, 2014
Union Leader: Governor appoints STEM task force
Nashua Telegraph: Committee formed to make STEM education recommendations
NHPR: STEM taskforce of parents, profs and administrators plan for future workforce

April 9, 2014
Concord Monitor: Hassan declares ‘Equal Pay Day’ as Democrats urge NH House to pass wage fairness bill
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan pushes for pay equity between men, women in NH

April 8, 2014
NHPR: Opponents question residency of likely GOP governor candidate

April 7, 2014
Keene Sentinel: Republican race for governor draws two so far

April 6, 2014
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: Just who is Walter Havenstein?

April 4, 2014
NHPR: Hassan delays portion of Medicaid managed care plan

April 3, 2014
Union Leader: Republican Walt Havenstein running for governor
WMUR: Havenstein enters GOP race for governor
Concord Monitor: Republican Havenstein enters NH governor’s race despite eligibility questions
Seacoast Online: Former defense contractor running for NH governor

April 2, 2014
WMUR: Sources: Republican Walter Havenstein to run for governor

March 29, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Did ex-BAE chief, pondering gubernatorial run, live in Maryland or in New Hampshire?

March 28, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan praises state’s successes before SCU audience
Nashua Telegraph: Medicaid expansion signed into law: Democrats claim victory, Republicans stay away
NHPR: Hassan signs Medicaid expansion
Seacoast Online: Hassan signs Medicaid expansion into law
WMUR: Gov. Maggie Hassan signs Medicaid expansion into law

March 27, 2014
Concord Monitor: Hassan, NH businesses to visit Turkey in June
NHBR: Governor to lead NH trade mission to Turkey

March 26, 2014
Concord Monitor: Republican NH gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway releases privacy-related policy platform

March 25, 2014
Seacoast Online: On board the Ghost Ship: Officials take a tour of new stealth craft
Nashua Telegraph: GOP candidate for governor backs privacy issues

March 23, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Domicile question clouds gubernatorial candidacy
Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Source says poll seems intended to push Havenstein into governor race

March 21, 2014
WMUR: Commitment 2014: Meet the Candidates - Andrew Hemingway
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan, other officials to tour GHOST boat at shipyard

March 18, 2014
Citizen of Laconia: Vets celebrate Irish heritage, service during governor visit