As one election season winds down, another begins: The deadline to file nomination papers for the 2019 mayoral race in Madison is behind us, and a robust field of politicians, nonprofit leaders, comedians and environmentalists have joined the race to become the city's highest-ranking official. For those in the dark about what's going on in the race, or who the candidates even are, the Madsplainers podcast has your back. For the next month, the reporters behind the municipal government and current affairs show will sit down with the candidates and talk with them about why they're running, the issues they care about, and what makes them different from the rest of the pack. On today's first episode: Raj Shukla, the executive director of River Alliance of Wisconsin, and chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee. In his conversation with Abigail Becker, the city and county government reporter for the Cap Times, Shukla talked about Madison's need for ambitious leadership, how his parents inspired his passion for community, and whether tacos might be considered sandwiches. Here's a rundown of who else is in the race: - Incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin - Satya Rhodes Conway, managing director of the Mayors Innovation Project at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy and a former alder - Maurice Cheeks, District 10 alder and vice president of business development at MIOsoft Corporation - Nick Hart, local comedian - Toriana Pettaway, the city of Madison’s racial equity coordinator (running as a write-in candidate)