Judge rules Woods should be sworn in as Gardens councilman

Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Martin Colin ruled Carl Woods, pictured, should be sworn into Palm Beach Gardens City Council without delay. Courtesy photo

Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Martin Colin ruled Carl Woods, pictured, should be sworn into Palm Beach Gardens City Council without delay. Courtesy photo

Retired police officer Carl Woods should be sworn in to the Palm Beach Gardens City Council seat he ran for in March without any further delay, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Woods challenged then-Councilman David Levy in the March 15 election, but an appeals court last month determined Levy was never eligible to run again because of term limits. Levy had been declared the winner of the election and sworn into office.

After the appeals court’s ruling, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Martin Colin ousted Levy from office July 6. Levy submitted a resignation letter to the city that day.

The appeals court left untouched Colin’s prior ruling that there should be a runoff election because no candidate had received a majority of the votes cast March 15. Woods is the only remaining eligible candidate, so he wins the runoff by default, Colin ruled.

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