Vice Mayor David J. Levy, first elected to the Palm Beach Gardens City Council 12 years ago, has done a great job. The 55-year-old geologist’s strong grasp of environmental issues has been a tremendous asset on development questions such as the planned Avenir project.
But in November 2014, city voters overwhelmingly approved term limits for council members: two consecutive three-year terms, to be applied retroactively. That change in the political landscape calls into question Levy’s bid for another term on March 15.
Levy was elected to three-year terms in 2004, 2007 and 2010. He resigned during his third stint, in November 2012, to run for Palm Beach County Commission, He lost that race to Hal Valeche. Four months later, in March 2013, he won a fourth term to the City Council.
Levy argues that he is now going for his second consecutive term. Technically, that may be true. But it would contradict voters’ clear intent — a desire for fresh faces — were he to secure the same council seat in five straight elections.
With that in mind, The Post recommends retired police Officer Carl W. Woods for the Group 4 seat. A 51-year-old newcomer to politics, Woods’ law enforcement perspective would be valuable in a city still grappling with the tragic Corey Jones shooting. On development issues, he voices reasonable concerns about traffic and the environment.
In Group 2, Maria Marino is running unopposed.
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