Mani Morton works as a clerk, fill-in at Peoria Chiefs games

PEORIA – Zo Evans is the perfect fill-in candidate, both on the baseball field and now on the political landscape.

The Morton native and 2007 Peoria Notre Dame High School graduate answered the call Aug. 19-21 when the Midwest League needed an umpire for a weekend series between the Peoria Chiefs and Quad Cities at Dozer Park.

The former full-time minor league umpire also answered the call when Morton needed a village clerk in 2021.

“There was none on the ballot,” said Evans, whose term runs through April 2025. “By law, Morton had to fill the position. I was an elected member. I only needed two votes to get in.

“There are a lot of career politicians in politics. It has to be just regular people. It has to be a service approach. I like being where people lean on. And the staff at Morton is fantastic. They work hard. I’m involved in a lot things and that’s because I like these experiences.”

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