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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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Oct. 22, 2014
Union Leader: Hassan, Havenstein see future through different lenses
NH1: NH1 Debate Preview: NH Gov. Maggie Hassan hopes history repeats itself

Oct. 21, 2014
NHPR: Havenstein: 'No' to wind and solar, 'yes' to guns and gay rights
Seacoast Online: Havenstein stumps in Portsmouth
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein touts military, private sector experience
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire home to ‘least positive’ gubernatorial ads, Senate race not far behind

Oct. 20, 2014
Seacoast Online: New Hampshire's slow recovery focus in gov's race
Union Leader: College president, Gov. Hassan promise to punish those involved in Keene riots
Keene Sentinel: Hassan meets with Keene officials, says she's "horrified" by Saturday's riots 

Oct. 18, 2014
WMUR: Candidates for governor describe different economic strategies

Oct. 17, 2014
NHPR: In debate, Hassan attacks Havenstein for signing conservative group's pledge
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidates spar over profits tax, gaming, Medicaid
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan lays out economic plan, says Havenstein will take state backwards

Oct. 16, 2014
Seacoast Online: City to meet with Gov. over Sea-3 expansion
Union Leader: Hassan has outraised Havenstein since primary
Concord Monitor: Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Oct. 15, 2014
NHPR: Hassan touts economic record at campaign stop
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan says she's better for businesses than Havenstein
Union Leader: Hassan won't ask for vote on new members of utility project evaluation panel
Keene Sentinel: Gubernatorial candidate Havenstein talks business at Walpole Creamery

Oct. 14, 2014
NHPR: State Pier dedicated in Hampton
Union Leader: Hassan says New Hampshire is prepared to handle Ebola outbreak
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan to talk economy at Manchester business

Oct. 13, 2014
Union Leader: Candidates clash on gambling at gubernatorial debate in Exeter

Oct. 12, 2014
Union Leader: Christie stumps for Havenstein in North Country

Oct. 11, 2014
WMUR: Gov. Christie returned to NH for fourth time to back Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Christie: Governor’s race winnable for Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Candidate Havenstein discusses stepmother’s murder

Oct. 10, 2014
Union Leader: State agency budget requests top $12 billion for next two years
Union Leader: - Gubernatorial candidate Havenstein reflects on family tragedy
WMUR: Walt Havenstein says family loss re-enforced his respect for law enforcement
Foster's Daily Democrat: Christie to join Havenstein in North Country

Oct. 9, 2014
Seacoast Online: Hassan: Hike minimum wage
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan applauds Families First at annual meeting
Seacoast Online: Havenstein attacks Gov. Hassan on law enforcement record
Union Leader: -AG finds union that gave $25K to Hassan violated election laws
Union Leader: Havenstein talks death penalty, public safety at Dover roundtable
Concord Monitor: AG: Union broke campaign finance rules in donation to Hassan, must submit documentation
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein speaks of step-mother’s slaying for first time

Oct. 7, 2014
WMUR: Poll shows Hassan retains lead as race for governor tightens
NH1: Portsmouth Mayor, Governor Hassan hold same concerns over proposed Sea-3 Terminal expansion

Oct. 6, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan invites Mayor Lister to meet on Sea-3 concerns
Eagle-Tribune: Most supportive, others wary of Hassan's juvenile justice commission

Oct. 3, 2014
Seacoast Online: Hassan asks agencies to reduce budgets by $30M
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan issues executive order on juvenile justice
Union Leader: Shortfall in tax revenues leads governor to direct departments to cut spending
Concord Monitor: Hassan creates new commission to oversee at-risk youth services
Concord Monitor: Hassan asks agencies to reduce budgets by $30M

Oct. 2, 2014
Union Leader: Hassan withholds nominations for SEC
Concord Monitor: Hassan delays vote to confirm Odell, Merrill to energy siting committee
Keene Sentinel: Hassan emphasizes her administration's record at Keene stop 

Oct. 1, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan says state finished FY14 with $19.5M surplus
Seacoast Online: New Hampshire budget surplus $7M short of target
Union Leader: State has surplus but short for biennium
WMUR: Hassan blocking patients from being placed at Effingham center
Concord Monitor: State finishes 2014 fiscal year with a $20 million surplus, but $7 million less than planned

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’