Steve Hansen—City Council Candidate Speaks about the Future of Sacramento Farmers Markets by Amber Stott on FEBRUARY 19, 2012
When a highly personable, philanthropic, 32-year-old guy from the Midwest decides to run for City Council, and gets sworn in at the local farmers’ market after passing the California bar exam, I sit up and listen. This is no ordinary candidate.
I first heard Steve Hansen’s name when it appeared on the donation roster at a nonprofit where I worked. I later met him at an entirely different nonprofit where I was volunteering this summer. He’s active there, too! It almost seems that wherever a good cause exists, you’ll find Steve.
The thing that impressed me most about Steve is how approachable he is. As a fellow Midwesterner, he carries a familiar friendly-neighbor attitude that I find endearing. There’s not an ounce of snobbery in this guy!
I met with Steve this morning at the downtown farmers’ market. If elected to District 4, the market falls inside his territory, along with the rest of the Grid. We sampled blood oranges, bought produce, and chatted about his ideas for the future of Sacramento’s food system.
Steve told me that if he’s elected, he wants to donate his entire salary ($60,000 per year) as seed funding for social entrepreneurial innovation, like tech, health, and food. He has visions of a permanent farmers’ market in a warehouse on the Grid, close to light rail.
I like Steve! In the Midwest, we would call him “a stand up guy.” I hope you’ll see why.
Read the interview via City Council Candidate Steve Hansen on Sacramento Farmers Markets.