The LFDA will continually update candidates' bios and issues information. Check back for in-depth profiles and Q&As. To view a directory of potential candidates, click here.

 

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
Show More
Pop Up
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.

View additional Bill Kennedy videos.

Campaign Finances

Campaign finances information coming soon!

Contact Information

Home:

67 NH Route 104
Danbury, NH 03230

Phone:

(603) 768-3318
(603) 630-7412

Email: horsemenb4@aol.com

Gubernatorial News

Registration with individual sites might be required to view some news.

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

Aug. 30, 2014
NHPR: Primary 2014: A conversation with gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein
NHPR: Hassan joins New England governors in push to reverse painkiller approval
Seacoast Online: 6 New England governors urge painkiller reversal
Concord Monitor: Hemingway defends business record
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan’s bill saves Dover $2.7m
Keene Sentinel: Economics at center of Havenstein's bid for governor

Aug. 29, 2014
NHPR: Primary 2014: A conversation with gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan signs ATV bills, opens new North Country connector trail
Union Leader: Education business tax credit program upheld; Hassan asks lawmakers to repeal the law
Citizen of Laconia: Havenstein campaigns over breakfast at Tilt'n Diner
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hemingway focuses on jobs, education in run for governor 

Aug. 28, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan praises Market Basket deal that reinstates Arthur T. Demoulas
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan launches student video contest
Seacoast Online: NH attorney general won't probe GOP finance complaint
Union Leader: AG dismisses GOP's request for Hassan inquiry
WMUR: AG's office says it won't investigate donation to Hassan
Keene Sentinel: Hemingway stops in Keene as he makes bid for governor 

Aug. 27, 2014
NHPR: Democrats say Havenstein broke campaign finance rules, and GOP fires right back
Seacoast Online: Dueling finance complaints filed in NH governor's race
Union Leader: NH gubernatorial candidate Hemingway's business acumen questioned by lawyer
Union Leader: Complaints fly over NH gubernatorial campaign contributions
WMUR: Political parties file dueling finance complaints

Aug. 26, 2014
Keene Sentinel: In NH, access to drug treatment is growing, slowly, governor says 

Aug. 25, 2014
Seacoast Online: Republicans go after Democrats at debate 
Union Leader: NH GOP gubernatorial candidates Havenstein, Hemingway square off in debate

Aug. 24, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Patrick says there's 'agreement in principle' on sale of Market Basket to Arthur T. Demoulas
Union Leader: NH GOP gubernatorial candidates Havenstein, Hemingway square off in debate
Concord Monitor: New England governors’ energy effort on hold

Aug. 23, 2014
Seacoast Online: Market Basket deal expected this weekend
Union Leader: AG asked to investigate Hemingway campaign donations after complaint filed by Grantham attorney with Sununu ties
WMUR: NH, Mass. governors say Market Basket deal may be close
Nashua Telegraph: Governors’ latest word on Market Basket standoff: Light at end of tunnel

Aug. 22, 2014
Seacoast Online: Poll: Hassan leads GOP challengers
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan focuses on education and housing in the Mount Washington Valley

Aug. 21, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Havenstein running close in gubernatorial money race
NHPR: GOP candidates for governor debate policy, integrity
Seacoast Online: Havenstein on the economy
Union Leader: Hassan, Havenstein both raise nearly $2m
Union Leader: Maryland to GOP candidate: You have 30 days to pay taxes
Union Leader: GOP governor candidates Hemingway, Havenstein spar during morning radio debate
WMUR: Poll shows Hassan leading potential challengers
WMUR: Maryland says Havenstein owes state tax credits
Concord Monitor: Havenstein, Hemingway spar over Medicaid expansion, economic growth, personal character
Concord Monitor: First financial filing: Hassan outraises Republican competition

Aug. 20, 2014
Concord Monitor: Candidate profile: Walt Havenstein, 65, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Aug. 19, 2014
NHPR: Officials break ground for women's prison
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan: Business taxes hurting budget 
Seacoast Online: Governors step into supermarket feud 
Union Leader: NH, Mass. governors think Market Basket Deal 'may be within reach,' spokesperson says
Concord Monitor: Candidate profile: Andrew Hemingway, 32, makes case for gubernatorial bid
Concord Monitor: NH breaks ground on new Concord women’s prison
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire PAC endorses Hemingway, Garcia
Eagle-Tribune: NH breaks ground on women's prison
Nashua Telegraph: Gov. Hassan joins Market Basket negotiations; seafood vendor makes a public break with the company