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This blog's target audience those who work, live or eat in Sacramento's midtown and downtown area. Because of the recent once-a-decade redrawing of the city council lines, all of The Grid as well as Sacramento's Land Park neighborhood are going to be represented by one person. Previously, the central city area was represented by multiple city council persons.

In an effort to inform Cowtown Eats readers about our candidates for Sacramento City Council District 4, I requested a video interview with all of them on the topic of food, happy hours and restaurants. It wasn't intended to be a discussion about arenas or river crossings -- issues where they probably have a canned answer that's crafted by political consultants to appeal to as many people as possible without revealing their true feelings.

My hope is that by their answers, we get a little glimpse into the actual person. If one person's favorite restaurant is Biba and another's is Squeeze Inn, it probably means a little about them. I'm not saying you should vote solely based on the information in these interviews, but this should be a little piece of information used in deciding your vote.

Of the seven candidates, Neil Davidson has already taped an interview and one is scheduled with Phyllis Newton. I'll be posting these interviews in the order they were taped, starting tomorrow. I haven't heard back from the other five candidates. If you know Terry Schanz, Steve Hansen (5/17 update: Steve has taped his interview), Joseph Yee, David A. Turturici or Michael Daniel Rehm, please encourage them to participate. I can be reached at Darrel@CowtownEats.com to schedule the video interviews.

For more information about these candidates, please visit the City of Sacramento's Web site.

Below is the letter that I sent them, along with the questions that I provided in advance.

Hi Candidate,

My name is Darrel, and I run CowtownEats.com, a Sacramento happy hour and food news website. As a public service, I'd like to inform my 11,500 monthly users about the Sacramento City Council District 4 candidates. There are a lot of venues to discuss the hard issues facing our city but this isn't one of them.

I want to provide my readers a glimpse into you, the person. I'd like to interview you on camera about food and Sacramento's restaurant scene. These are the exact questions I will ask:

1. What is your favorite Sacramento restaurant?
2. What is your favorite dish at any Sacramento restaurant?
3. Where was your last special-occasion meal? (e.g., birthday, anniversary, graduation)
4. Do you have a favorite happy hour bar or restaurant? If so, what is it?
5. Have you tried any of Sacramento's food trucks? If so, which is your favorite?
6. There's been discussion about amending the rules and regulations for food trucks on the grid. Do you have any thoughts on the issue?
7. In 90 seconds or less, tell me why you're running for city council.

In the interest of full disclosure, I play basketball with Phyllis Newton's husband and gave them permission to put one of her signs on my lawn. However, your answers will be posted online unedited. Starting May 15, I'll post one video per day on my blog, in the order in which they were recorded. And, of course, I'll be happy to come to you to film the interview.

You may contact me at darrel@cowtowneats.com or on my cell phone at XXX. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.

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