CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral will not have another election for mayor.
The final judgement says Marni Sawicki will remain mayor. That judgement says former Mayor John Sullivan's claims that the election was flawed were not valid.
Former Mayor Sullivan brought the court action, wanting a new election after losing by 121 votes. He said there were several problems, but the judge didn't see it that way.
One of Sullivan's witnesses testified that they went to a polling place that appeared to be closed before 7:00 p.m., but that witness admitted under oath, to only getting as far as the parking lot and not actually trying to get in. Elections officials provided records showing the place was open.
The judge ruled that Sullivan's side provided "no evidence" or only speculation about its claims, and that the ones that had some basis in truth didn't affect the election outcome.
Mayor Sawicki says she's planning another victory party for tonight. And the judge is reserving a decision on how much of her legal fees and costs former Mayor Sullivan's side will have to pay. That will be worked out at a hearing soon.