Nevada Supreme Court rules on termed-out Council members

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Updated: 2/20/2014 5:03 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev ( & KRNV) -- The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that termed-out Reno City Council members are not allowed to run for Mayor.

The decision was 5-2, in favor of Eddie Lorton's petition to deny Jessica Sferrazza and Dwight Dortch the opportunity to run for Reno Mayor. Sferrazza and Dortch have reached their term limits as members of the Reno City Council.

According to the Supreme Court's majority opinion, the Reno City Charter makes the Mayor a member of the city's "local governing body", and is subject to the same limitations that apply to the other City Council members.

Justices Hardesty, Gibbons, Douglas and Cherry ruled for Lorton's petition on the same grounds, while Justice Pickering ruled in favor for a different reason. Justices Saittta and Parraguirre voted against the petition.

This decision rules out Sferrazza and Dortch from the 2014 Mayoral race. Although he was not named in the petition, and had not announced his candidacy, it also rules out Ward 5's Dave Aiazzi, who is also termed-out.

Dwight Dortch said that he thought their arguments were strong. "I thought our case was strong. All of us walked out of there feeling were in good shape. We thought the law was on our side. I truly believed we were going to prevail in this."

In a statement released on Thursday, Jessica Sferrazza said that she is disappointed with the decision. "My love for Reno and my commitment to helping our community grow and prosper remains strong. Most importantly, I want to thank my friends and supporters who have remained at my side through this ordeal and assure them that we will continue to work together to better our city and improve the quality of life for our residents. I don’t have to be in public office to keep my pledge to you."

The remaining candidates that have announced their intention to file are Lorton and Reno Planning Commissioner Chuck Reno. In a statement, Reno said he agreed with the decision. "The voice of the people of Reno was upheld; Reno can now move forward. We are entering a new era in Reno history and I’m excited to be a part of it, not only as a current City of Reno Planning Commissioner, but as a Reno native and involved professional. The citizens of Reno deserve a mayor who has their interest at heart and strives for the success of Reno and the entire Truckee Meadows."

The filing period begins on March 3.
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samdehne - 2/22/2014 2:56 PM
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D E H N E - AN HONEST ELECTION WOULD ELECT THE MAYORAL Challenger from the last election. He was only a few thousand stolen votes away from being mayor and possibly saving Reno from its current de facto bankruptcy In and honest election 2nd place would not even be close. The media pipsqueaks insane fear and jealousy of the Marine Corps Veteran... who received the most votes by a mayoral Challenger ever... is destroying Reno. This young Veteran has more spunk moxie natural ability and compassion than most of all the rest of the people coming out of the mayoral closet added together. D E H N E -

kaneala36 - 2/21/2014 4:51 AM
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We don't want career politicians the voters have spoken get over it or move away.

kaneala36 - 2/21/2014 4:50 AM
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We don't want career politicians the voters have spoken get over it or move away.

goodrich - 2/20/2014 8:41 PM
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"Term Limits" is shear idiocy. The law needs to be changed/dumped. Too many experienced and exemplary statesmen and women are being stopped short of fulfilling their destiny and providing us citizens with the leadership and programs we need. Example given: the late Bill Raggio. By the way, I am a registered Democrat, but I know a Great Man when I see one. Furthermore, Nevada is dedicated to being the "Anti-California," doing everything deliberately opposite to that state, but Nevadans seem to be unaware that California instituted "term limits" more than two decades ago, screwing up that state and Nevada's law is a copycat of California's. Grow up Nevada, think for yourself. Those of you submitting comments please stick to the topic. Are you reading this, kaneala36 ? What's up with a state whose Legislature meets only every other year and for only about six weeks?!?! How can anything get done?

kaneala36 - 2/20/2014 7:38 PM
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I great day for Reno it's time for Dorch to go he got his payday from the aces

teedofftaxpayr - 2/20/2014 7:37 PM
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Lorton trying to fix the election his way. And it's interesting he doesn't even live in the City Limits-he lives outside and rents an apartment to qualify. He won't have my vote, I would rather vote NONE OF THE ABOVE than him.

kaneala36 - 2/20/2014 7:37 PM
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Today is a great day for Reno

thorm - 2/20/2014 7:08 PM
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The written law prevailed. I am surprised that dortch and sferazza even challenged the law passed by residents years back.. I guess they are just used to tweaking the system to accomplish personal financial gains. Both are honour students at Cashell's school of kick back. Now the citizens must demand an investigation into many items. First, the infamous parking kiosks, second ballpark spending, third the single stream franchise with Waste Management. There is gold to be found ! Thank You Mr Lorton!

RENOTRUTH - 2/20/2014 4:33 PM
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So how long exactly has the current Reno Mayor been in office? If my memory serves me correctly, I'm sure it does, this was all started some time ago by the current Reno Mayor himself in a bid to eliminate certain current members of the council the ability to run for his position for their campaigns would surely ruin his career and could possibly bring him under criminal charges for a vast number of his actions as the Mayor for the City of Reno! Dig a little deeper voters and you will find gold. This city has an immense amount of corruption in their politics, as does so many across this nation, but Reno has quite a bit more than most. This city might have a vast number of descent people running for office if they didn't fear what the few in power now would do to keep their positions. I hope in the end the corrupt get their day in prison as they so deserve for their wicked ways. Better yet, I just wish everyone in general would pay more attention to what's going on in their communities and remember that it is they who have the power over these elected and not the other way around. Exercise your authority people and take back the power you have given these crooks and remind all elected officials that corruption and greed will only get you a following of people with pitchforks and torches.

Kramer - 2/20/2014 1:30 PM
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should be Reno in a walk; because nobody pays attention anyway. after that: I nominate Big Mac

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