Former trustee takes top post in Buckley
BUCKLEY — Former village Trustee Evan Scott Shockley easily defeated incumbent Jim Hull for village president Tuesday night.
"I was very happy with the results," said Shockley, who defeated Hull, 142-70. "It went exactly the way I hoped it would. I feel really good about it. I'm ready to go to work."
Hull is ending his first four-year term as president. He had no comment when reached Wednesday.
Shockley, 59, who served on the board from 2009 to mid-2011, has lived in Buckley for eight years. He retired three years ago from a 27-year career in the sheet-metal industry.
Some of his goals include cleaning up dilapidated properties. He said he hopes to clean up the downtown to try to attract more businesses to locate in Buckley.
Also Tuesday, two incumbents were defeated in the race for five seats on the village board.
Newcomers Adam Tofari and Ardell "Goat" Goetting were elected to a two-year term and four-year term, respectively, to take the seats of incumbents Ron Lenington and Betty Hull.
Goetting — who served as village president from 2005 to 2009 — received 168 votes, the most among candidates running for full four-year terms. Incumbent Jim Longest received 161, followed by incumbent Becky Weisenbarn with 119 and Hull with 70.
Tofari received the most votes among three candidates running for a pair of available two-year terms. Tofari had 169 votes, followed by incumbent Terry Whitebird, 123, and Lenington, 87.
Tofari, 40, has no elected experience. The former volunteer firefighter has lived in Buckley for 13 years and works as a mechanic at Shield's Automart in Paxton. He said he loves living in Buckley and does not want to see the small-town atmosphere change.
Goetting, 77, is a lifelong Buckley resident. He has been self-employed as owner of Goat's Hardware store in downtown Buckley for 20 years.