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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: General Peter Cooke

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Major General (Ret) Peter Cooke

It's been nearly 30 years since Utah elected a Democrat as Governor, but retired Major General Peter Cooke told The Salt Lake Tribune that democracy doesn't work without a two-party system. He says it's the chance for an open discussion about the issues. General Cooke is challenging Republican incumbent Governor Gary Herbert. Wednesday, Peter Cooke joins us at the Hinckley Institute of Politics to talk about the issues he says call for new leadership.

RadioWest will speak with Governor Gary Herbert on Wednesday, October 31

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:

KUER is part of the VoteUtah 2012 project - a partnership of public broadcasters across the state. They hosted the third Gubernatorial debate on October 11:

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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.