Yesterday, July 7, 2016, 15th Circuit Court Judge Martin Colin told David Levy that he needed to leave his office on the Palm Beach Gardens City Council immediately. The reason? Levy defied the law limiting the terms of public officials when he ran for a fifth term during the city’s March 2016 municipal election.
Levy had exploited a loophole to get back on the ballot in March, but Colin’s ruling confirms that no such loophole exists in Gardens’ term limits law. The law, which specifies a two-term limit, had passed with 80 percent support from city voters. The case has been going on since December 2015 when Levy first announced his intention to skirt the term limits law.
Next, the judge will determine whether Levy’s opponent Carl Woods will be elected to Council or if a new election will be held. Attorney James D’Loughy, who represented term limits advocates in the suit against Levy, said “they brought the power of government back to the people instead of keeping it centralized with the City Council. The Court has seen through the politics here.”
Woods said after yesterday’s hearing, “The people that won today were the term limits voters. I’m still only an eligible candidate.”