Political newcomer to run for governor

Last modified: Thursday, April 05, 2012
There's another candidate for governor.

Bill Kennedy, a retired military man from Danbury, is seeking the Democratic nomination. And he's not taking a pledge against a sales or income tax.

Kennedy, 52, will formally announce his candidacy tonight in Danbury, at the former Inn at Danbury. He and his wife, Linda, bought the place in November and plan to refurbish it. Prior to moving to Danbury, the couple lived in Northwood.

Kennedy pitched himself as a moderate who can bridge political difference between the left and right. 'If you are the 80 percent in the middle that is tired of the petty back-and-forth bickering, than I am your candidate!,' read a prepared statement.

This is Kennedy's second bid for public office. He ran for Rockingham County sheriff 12 years ago as an independent but lost the race. He believes his political inexperience is a plus.

'When John Lynch first ran for governor, he was a political neophyte,' Kennedy said.

Kennedy served 29 years in the Air Force and earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan in 2008, he said.

He's concerned about the state budget and believes the state's reliance on property taxes is 'bleeding' property owners. Budget cuts cannot continue as they have, he said.

Kennedy said he's interested in discussing alternatives to the property tax. 'There is a better system out there,' he said. 'We just need to figure it out.'

(Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323 or atimmins@cmonitor.com.)