Nevada Supreme Court hears term limit case

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Updated: 1/21/2014 4:50 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A local businessman took his fight to the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Mayoral Candidate Eddie Lorton argued that City Council members and the Mayor of Reno should be held to one single 12-year term limit. Both Lorton's attorney, and those representing Councilman Dwight Dortch and former Councilwoman Jessica Sferazza got 15 minutes to state their cases before the high court.

The normally-outspoken Lorton was quiet after the hearing. "I just don't want to comment any further right now. I just want to see what the Supreme Court does."

Lorton's attorney says the Mayor is a member of City Council, and his additional duties are largely "ceremonial," so the two positions should be subject to one term limit. On the other side of this issue are several current and former members of the Reno City Council, also watching and waiting for a ruling from the court.

Current Council Member Dwight Dortch said he thinks the arguments were presented clearly, and he thinks the court will clear him and other termed-out Council Members to run for Mayor. "I think clearly you're elected to a Mayor position or a City Council position. It doesn't get much clearer than that."

Both Dortch and former Council Member Jessica Sferrazza say they are moving full speed ahead with their campaigns for Mayor.
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