No vote on Levy County Judge; ditto on one circuit judgeship

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Levy County voters will not get to vote this year on two of Gov. Charlie Crist's judicial appointments.

That is because Article V, Section 11 (b) of the Florida State Constitution says appointees to vacancies will not have to stand for election for at least one year after their appointment.

Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell learned on Monday from the Governor's Office that James T. Browning, who replaced Levy County Judge Joseph Smith, and Mary Day Coker, who replaced 8th Judicial Circuit Judge Stan R. Morris will not be on the ballot even though Smith and Morris' seats would have been on the ballot.

The two appointees will remain in office pending the outcome of the 2012 election.

A third 8th Circuit judicial appointee, Victor Hulslander, who replaced Frederick Smith, will stand for election at the end of  the unexpired term in 2014.

Asbell learned about the extended terms after contacting the governor's office on Monday in response to questions from voters.

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