Every vote counts.

   In elections like Tuesday’s, that’s not just a cliche.

   Just a single vote separated the last two candidates for Ripon Area School Board, meaning anyone who voted cast the deciding vote between who would represent them on the board, and who would be left off.

   And, in the end, it seemed Ripon voters wished to steer toward something new when they voted Tuesday.

   Earning solid victories were the two individuals without any experience on School Board.

   Nate Zimdars, who touted his relative youth throughout his campaign, finished in first place with 1,463 votes.

   He was followed by Margaret “Betsy” Heffernan, who earned 1,260 votes.

   That’s where things got interesting.

   As results rolled in Tuesday evening, it was clear incumbent Gary Rodman would be in a dogfight with former School Board member Dan Zimmerman — who left the board only because he’d been recruited to become the state secretary of veteran’s affairs.

   Though the final vote needs to be certified still, it appears Rodman held on to his seat, taking 1,061 votes.

   Zimmerman? One off, at 1,060 votes. Unless certifying the votes alters the final total, Zimmerman said he’ll be fine with staying home.

Read the full story in the April 4, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.