Zimmerman wins Ward 1 council seat by 22% margin

Beats incumbent Cacini 197-126 to earn four-year term starting May 3

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Rodney Zimmerman

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A Yukon teacher and coach has been elected to the Yukon City Council by a 60.99% majority.

Yukon native Rodney Zimmerman on Tuesday, Feb. 8 beat incumbent Rick Cacini in the Ward 1 council election, earning a four-year term on the five-member council.

“I feel great about all the support I received from the voters of Ward 1,” Zimmerman said Tuesday night. “I felt pretty confident after finishing door-knocking and figured it was going to be close. So, getting more than 60% was exciting.

“I want to thank my family and everybody who donated and contributed to my campaign. It was a group effort.”

With all three Ward 1 precincts reporting results Tuesday night, Zimmerman claimed victory by a 197-126 vote margin over Cacini.

On election day, the vote went 192-122 for Zimmerman.

The absentee mail voting went 5-4 for Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, 44, is a Yukon Public Schools’ U.S. History teacher and girls’ track/cross country coach.

A Yukon High School graduate, Zimmerman has taught 18-1/2 years – 17-1/2 at Yukon Middle School and the last one year at YHS.

Zimmerman, of Markley Lane, has lived 17 years in Ward 1. This was his first campaign for public office.

The council member-elect has nearly three months to prepare for city government service. He will receive the oath of office at the May 3rd Yukon City Council meeting.

“I will reach out to more people, get more information and be ready for when I start on the council,” Zimmerman said. “I really look forward to this opportunity to serve the citizens of my hometown of Yukon.”

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Cacini was unable to secure a second, four-year term as Yukon’s Ward 1 representative.

Rick Cacini

Cacini, 74, is a retired U.S. Army and Air Force lieutenant colonel and founder/curator of the Yukon Veterans Museum.

In 2018, Cacini was elected without opposition to the Yukon City Council. He has been vice mayor since May 2020.

“I congratulate Mr. Zimmerman,” Cacini said. “I wish him the best in the future helping to make the City of Yukon a better place to live and work.

“I wish to thank everyone who supported me in the campaign.”

Cacini, of Landmark Drive, has lived 31 years in Ward 1.

Other Yukon City Council members are Mayor Shelli Selby, Ward 2; Donna Yanda, Ward 3; Jeff Wootton, At-large; and Aric Gilliland, Ward 4.

Selby has earned a second term representing Ward 2 after no other candidate filed against her.

Also at the May 3rd meeting, the city council will elect a mayor and vice mayor for the next 12 months.