Statement from former Councilwoman Jessica Sferrezza:
"While I’m disappointed by 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."
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court says termed out members of the Reno City Council cannot run for mayor.
In a 5-2 decision issued Thursday, justices granted a petition by Reno businessman and mayoral candidate George "Eddie" Lorton, who argued council members who are termed out are ineligible to serve on the same governing body as mayor.
The court's decision means former Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza and current Councilman Dwight Dortch cannot seek to replace longtime Mayor Bob Cashell in this year's election. Both have been raising money and organizing their campaigns.
In the majority opinion written by Justice James Hardesty, the court determined that the Reno mayor is a member of a local governing body and that council members who've served 12 years are ineligible for mayor.