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To The Daily Sun,
As a newcomer to Belknap County I was quite surprised to see the preponderance of signs for candidates for county office. While attending the Alton Home Day festivities I could not help but notice the plethora of signs on state property for County Commissioner candidate Jonathan Smolin.
Never having heard of Mr. Smolin before, I decided to go online to learn about the candidate. The information I found was quite an eye-opener and I must say, very disturbing.
On Aug. 16, Mr. Smolin wrote an article for the local newspaper telling the voting public why he would make a great commissioner. In the article he made the following claims relative to his background:
"Administrative experience in a medical school."
"A vast amount of small business experience."
"President of a nursing health school."
"Oversight of companies with as few as six employees to as many as 350."
As a registered nurse, one of those claims caught my eye, "President of a nursing health school."
Stand-alone nursing schools have virtually gone by the wayside in this country, so I was curious to see what school he was president of. When I dug further and looked at some of his social media I quickly noticed that the information in his social media accounts did not match up with the facts as stated in his letter to the newspaper.
On Mr. Smolin's own Linkedin.com profile he lists himself as a School Director for the Slater School of Nursing and not the school president as he claimed in his letter to the editor. He lists his duties as management of admissions, financial aid and career services. Coincidentally, during Mr. Smolin's tenure at the Slater School (May 2012-April 2013), the school chain agreed to pay the Commonwealth of Massachusetts $3.75 million to settle deceptive enrollment practices.
Nowhere in Mr. Smolin's social media can I find any administrative experience at a medical school. Perhaps Mr. Smolin is confusing a school that trains practical nurses with a bona fide medical school?
I then began to check Mr. Smolin's claim to have a "vast amount of small-business experience." The surgical company and the trucking companies he mentions in his letter do not appear on any of his social media bios. What were the names of these companies and when was he affiliated with them? Why did he elect not to list them?
His fitness franchise (Fitness Zone) which he owned lasted only two years (2005-2007). Was it sold, closed or dissolved? His exotic car dealership which he operated from 2008 to 2010 is reported by the New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office as having been "Administratively Dissolved." Which one of the companies listed in his bio and his letter to the editor had 350 employees? Perhaps it was the medical school which he failed to mention in his curriculum vitae.
Additionally, in the process of researching his background, I was astonished to find a bankruptcy filing whereby it appears that Mr. Smolin left his creditors on the hook for something in excess of $434,000.
A copy of the filing can be found at http://www.nhb.uscourts.gov/sites/nhb/files/opinions/2014BNH003-Smolin.pdf
Signs do not a good candidate make. Do your homework, voters, before you send an individual with such a checkered and financially irresponsible background to Belknap County to represent your taxpayer interest.