Margaret “Betsy” Heffernan, Gary Rodman, Nate Zimdars and Dan Zimmerman are all vying for one of the three open seats on the Ripon School Board.
Margaret “Betsy” Heffernan, Gary Rodman, Nate Zimdars and Dan Zimmerman are all vying for one of the three open seats on the Ripon School Board.

   The April 2 election is just around the corner, with four candidates vying for one of the three open seats on the Ripon School Board.

   All four candidates — Margaret “Betsy” Heffernan, Gary Rodman, Nate Zimdars and Dan Zimmerman — took the time to fill out a survey for the Commonwealth to enable readers to get to know them, and their stance on the issues.

   The questions and their answers follow in alphabetical order.

   Tell us about yourself and why district residents should vote for you

   Heffernan: I grew up in the Ripon schools and I’m the proud mom of two Ripon High School students. 
For the past 30 years, I’ve built a strong track record in the business world. I started my career in television news and transitioned to communications and public relations work for major employers in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley ...


   Rodman: I work at Ripon College, where I am director of Enterprise Applications in the Information Technology department. 
I’m married to Colleen Byron, a chemistry professor at the college. I have two children, Esther and Sarah Rodman, who are now college students ...


   Zimdars: I have spent most of my life in Ripon, going through Ripon schools and graduating in 2011.
Following graduation, I maintained my connection to education at multiple levels by teaching agriculture and leadership in schools throughout south-central Wisconsin as a State FFA Officer ...

   Zimmerman: If experienced leadership, integrity, academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, maximum transparency, community engagement and fighting group-think by asking tough questions are characteristics you desire in a board member, then I am your candidate ...

   Read the full story, including quotes from the other candidates and their views on multiple issues, in the March 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.