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Marin, Sonoma County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Joel R Smolen

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 6

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Biography of Joel Smolen Candidate for United States Congress 6th Congressional District

Joel Smolen was born and raised in San Francisco California. A first generation American. He attended Washing High School and joined the US Army in 1960 and was on activity duly and reserves until 1967. He graduated from City College of San Francisco with an AA degree and attended San Jose State University, with a major in Biology and Zoology.

While in college, Joel had a wide variety of blue-collar jobs, including truck driver, fork lift operator, painter, and crane operator, to pay for tuition and living costs. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, AFL-CIO.

Joel worked for LMC Corporation in San Jose California, and rose to Senior Vice President of the Firm, they provided recycling opportunities, international shipping facilities, including bulk carriers, shipping and freighters. The company had operations in San Jose, Oakland, and Richmond, California. Including offices in Europe, Japan and other Asian countries.

He formed MICROMET Corporation in 1972 a firm specializing in metallurgical applications and systems. He went on to found AMTEC Corporation, concentrating on system applications, metallurgical/ semi conductor manufacturing and consulting for the technology industry in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Joel worked as a consultant for Bay Area Companies, primarily in the area of asset preservation and risk management, from 1987 until 2000.

He is a State Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and manages a venture Life Science Fund which invests in public and private biotechnology companies, primarily in the area of oncology, and emerging new life saving drugs. He is on the Board of Directors of AmpliMed Corporation, Tucson Arizona, and Ninja Mobile, Los Angeles, California.

He is a member of ACLU, Amnesty International, American Legion, and the Libertarian Party.

Joel lived in Monterey California, from 1975 until 2005, and currently resides in San Rafael, California. He is an avid outdoorsmen, and environmentalist. He is a fly fisherman, kayaker, does weight training, and hiking. He has walked the Pacific Trail, crossed the Artic Circle, and has been to the Himalayas many times as a leader of photography and climbing expeditions.

Joel has a daughter Rachael who is married and lives in Shanghai China.

He was the Libertarian Candidate for US Congress in 2004 for the 17th Congressional District, and is the current candidate for United States Congress for the 6th Congressional District, which Includes, Marin County and Sonoma Counties.

Joel is committed to protecting individual freedoms and personal privacy and to a significant reduction in the size and scope of government along with lower taxes for Californians, and all Americans

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