RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Reno mayoral election is still more than a year away, but things are heating up already as Eddie Lorton is taking the race for Reno City Hall to the Nevada Supreme Court.
"I put out the money, so it's time to get the answer," Lorton said.
The answer Lorton is looking for is if the mayor and city council positions are similar enough to carry the a single joint term limit.
"If the court were to find that they mayor and the council members are synonymous then those people who have had 12 years on the council are not going to be able to run," said Reno City Attorney John Kadlic.
People like former councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza and councilman Dwight Dortch, whose names are all over Lorton's petition.
Former councilman Dave Aiazzi and councilwoman Sharon Zadra would be in the same boat if they run.
Lorton said it's like running for the same position twice for double the term.
"They have all the same duties pretty much," Lorton said. "Everything's the same."
Sferrazza disagrees and said Lorton is creating a distraction from the real issues.
"It's somebody trying to make an issue where there isn't one," she said. "I'm very confident in my eligibility to run for mayor. They're very clearly two separate positions."
While they both sit on the city council, Sferrazza said the mayor has powers the council members don't.
"The mayor has the sole authority to declare a state of emergency," she said. "The mayor has special appointment powers that the city council does not."
Kadlic said this is a new issue because this is the first mayoral election since the term limits were instated, it's good to clear it up now.
"The city itself does not take a position on this matter. They're neutral," Kadlic said. "Whichever way the supreme court says this matter should be resolved is fine. The city will abide by this decision."
Kadlic said if the state supreme court were to decide the positions of mayor and city council are subject to one single 12-year term limit, it would affect all current and future council members, as they'd have to decide very early on if they were interested in holding both positions.