The First District Court of Appeal has ruled that a veteran Alachua County lawyer who was suspended for 15 days last year isn’t qualified to run for state attorney because she doesn’t meet the constitutional requirement to “be and have been a member of the bar of Florida for the preceding five years.”

The August 17 decision against attorney Beverly R. McCallum affirms a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed by her only opponent, sealing his victory in the race to succeed retiring Eighth Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone.

In an emailed statement, McCallum, a former prosecutor who is now in private practice, said she respected the court’s ruling.