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Alameda, Santa Clara County, CA March 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Daniel L. "Dan" Dow

Candidate for
Member; California State Assembly; District 20; Republican Party

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  • Defense Language Institute, Korean Linguist Certification,
    - Distinguished Graduate & Martin Kellogg Award Recipient (1992)
  • California State University, Hayward, B.A. (Political Science, Pre-Law), 1999
  • Santa Clara University Law School, Current student.

  • Legal Aid to Military Judge Advocate General, California Army National Guard, June 2001 to present

  • Member, Newark Unified School District, Strategic Plan Monitoring Committee
  • Member, American Legion Post 837
  • Member, National Wildlife Federation
  • Member, East Bay Regional Park District
  • Student Member, American Bar Association
  • Student Member, California Bar Association

Military Service:
  • U.S. Army, 1989 to 1994, Honorable Discharge, Rank: Sergeant Korean Linguist, Military Intelligence Corps

  • Gloucester, Massachusetts

Dan was raised in rural Maine on a small apple farm that has been in the family for many generations. As the youngest of five children, Dan learned responsibility at an early age. An entrepreneur at age 10, Dan started his first business as a local newspaper delivery boy. At age 12, Dan started his own bakery business specializing in custom cakes for weddings and parties. Daily chores such as milking the goats, working in the family garden, or pruning apple trees were a necessary part of growing up on the farm.

Dan first came to California while serving in the United States Army being stationed at the Presidio of Monterey and attending the Defense Language Institute. He studied for over a year to become a Korean linguist and he graduated at the top of his class earning the Martin Kellogg Award. Dan served overseas in South Korea near the demilitarized zone. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Dan and his wife Wendy moved to California and settled in the Tri-Cities area.

Dan has been successful in the high tech industry since moving to the Bay Area. He has worked for both software and hardware companies, holding sales executive positions with PC manufacturer Acer America and server manufacturer Sun Microsystems.

For more than a year, Dan has been a panelist for the local AT&T cable television show: East Bay Politics with Buz Covalt. Focusing on state and local political issues, Dan has interviewed local politicians including State Senator Liz Figueroa and Assemblyman John Dutra. Additionally, Dan has volunteered for a number of local campaigns such as: Al Nagy for Newark City Council, Matt Edwards for Fremont Mayor, JoNelle Zager for 20th Assembly District, and James Fay for Congress (13th Congressional).

Dan and his wife Wendy of nine years enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, soccer and walking their dog Amber. Dan has volunteered for Special Olympics and assisted with fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Dan is a seven-year member of the American Legion.

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