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RadioWest and the Hinckley Institute of Politics are partnering for a series of conversations with candidates in three Utah races: 4th Congressional, Senate and Gubernatorial. Doug Fabrizio sits down with the candidates for one-on-one conversations about their policy ideas, their lives and their vision for Utah. RadioWest invites you to join the live audience at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute [map] or listen at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on KUER 90.1Tuesday, September 25: Senate challenger Scott HowellWednesday, October 10: Congressman Jim MathesonMonday, October 15: Senator Orrin HatchWednesday, October 24: Gubernatorial challenger Peter CookeWednesday, October 31: Governor Gary Herbert... Congressional challenger Mia Love has declined to participate in this series

Meet the Candidate: Jim Matheson

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Wednesday, we're back at the Hinckley Institute of Politics for a conversation with Democratic Representative Jim Matheson. He's running for his seventh term in Washington, though this time it's in Utah's new 4th Congressional District. In a decidedly red state, it's little surprise that a Democrat would stand some tough competition, but many observers were shocked when the latest poll showed a 21-point swing in favor of challenger Mia Love. Doug talks to Matheson about the issues and why he thinks he's best positioned to represent the district's Republican majority.

We invited Mayor Mia Love to participate in our Meet the Candidates series. She originally agreed to join us, but has since declined. We asked the campaign why; they declined to give a reason.

For more on our 2012 Meet the Candidates series in partnership with the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, follow the links below:

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.