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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. 30, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Havenstein face off in last debate
NHPR:  Hassan says state will take action to enforce 21-day Ebola quarantine
Seacoast Online: Hassan, Havenstein trade barbs over economy
Seacoast Online: Hassan, Brown and Guinta win matchstick poll
Union Leader: Candidates for governor take on economy, Ebola in debate
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidates spend about $1.2 million each
WMUR: Analysis: Grading the NH governor debate
WMUR: Hassan, Havenstein debate economy, energy, Ebola
WMUR: Poll shows Hassan increasing lead over Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Hassan, Havenstein get in last-minute jabs during final televised debate
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan wants to continue bipartisan progress
Keene Sentinel: A look at the issues: NH governor's race

Oct. 29, 2014
Seacoast Online: Havenstein at Portsmouth Rotary on Thursday
WMUR: Debate preview: New Hampshire governor
Citizen of Laconia: Governor labels drug use as serious public safety problem
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, Havenstein to meet in final TV debate

Oct. 28, 2014
Conway Daily Sun: Havenstein outlines economic priorities as he vies to unseat Gov. Hassan
NH1: New NH1/NEC poll Governor and Senate contests all knotted up

Oct. 27, 2014

NHPR: John McCain campaigns with Walt Havenstein in Manchester
Union Leader: Candidates offer contrasts at Manchester breakfast debate
Union Leader: Sen. John McCain stumps for Havenstein in Manchester
WMUR: Candidates for governor out in full force

Oct. 26, 2014
Concord Monitor: Havenstein draws on military, business experience for leadership lessons
Concord Monitor: For Hassan, inclusion and opportunity guide path as governor

Oct. 25, 2014
Union Leader: Hassan, Havenstein spar over education
WMUR: Gov. Hassan announces departure of DOT commissioner

Oct. 24, 2014
NHPR: Governor's race not in the spotlight, but may be up for grabs
Union Leader: UMass Lowell polls show senate, gubernatorial races still a close call
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan touts record, criticizes opponent

Oct. 23, 2014
NHPR: In debate, Hassan, Havenstein defends record while distorting each others
Seacoast Online: Medicaid expansion, budget top governor's debate
Union Leader: Keene riots a focus of gubernatorial debate
Concord Monitor: Hassan, Havenstein go head-to-head at NH1 debate
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gubernatorial candidates butt heads at every chance
Nashua Telegraph: Business tax among areas where Hassan, Havenstein disagree at Chamber forum
NH1: NH1 Debates: Maggie Hassan vs. Walt Havenstein

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