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Judicial candidate Levey gives up ballot spat

Mardi Anne Levey said she won't file additional court motions trying to force Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to print her name on the ballot in a judicial race.

"At this point I just feel my energies are better used campaigning,'' Levey said Monday.

A judge initially threw Levey off the ballot because she filed for office under her maiden name rather than her married name of Cohen which she uses in her law practice and on official documents.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed that decision last week, placing Levey back in the race. But the appeals court gave Snipes an out: the judges wrote that Snipes could continue printing ballots without Levey's name on them and post a notice to voters explaining that a vote for Pedro E. Dijols is actually a vote for Levey.

Judge Dijols sued to get back on the ballot after Levey narrowly defeated him. She will face Bernard Isaac "Bernie'' Bober Nov. 4.

Dijols has said he will ask the Florida Supreme Court to review his case.