RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The race for Reno Mayor is officially underway, with a few front-runners barred from filing. That's because the Nevada Supreme Court ruled the Mayor and council members are subject to one single 12-year term.
It's the first day of filing and already there are six candidates in the running, including Eddie Lorton and Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler.
"Reno's going in a new direction as of today I hope," Lorton said.
He said there are three things he wants to change in Reno.
"Being more fiscally responsible, bringing transparency to government and government accountability," Lorton said.
After he petitioned the Nevada Supreme Court to eliminate "career politicians," the high court ruled that termed out City Council members can't run for Mayor - a job Berkbigler said isn't easy.
"It is a task," she said. "That's why I think it's so important to have somebody who's got a good background and who's strong enough to deal with the issues."
Berkbigler said the Supreme Court decision eliminated two of those people, Jessica Sferrazza and Dwight Dortch, and it prompted her to join the race.
"I really like working on the commission," she said. "It's been an extremely interesting year. So I would not have run for mayor. This is purely because I believe we have to have a strong indvidual in the position of Mayor."
One thing Lorton and Berkbigler do agree on: the biggest challenge for the Mayor will be the city's budget.
"My business is in the black," Lorton said. "I make good fiscal decisions and I bring a lot of business expertise to the race."
"We can't tax our way out of the situation we're in," Berkbigler said. "We've got to grow our way out, and so that's really what I'm interested in looking at is how do we further develop our economy here in the city."
The other mayoral candidates so far are Michael Bertrand, Tony Perri, Thomas Fitzgerald and Sean Burke. Chuck Reno said he plans to file Tuesday.