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Nevada Supreme Court: Termed-out City Council Members Can't Run For Mayor


A ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court has excluded some well-known politicians from running for Mayor of Reno.

Some front-running candidates for Reno mayor are no longer in the race after a ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court Thursday.

Termed-out Reno city council members have often run for mayor, but the state constitution says termed-out city council members can’t run because the mayor is a member of the city council.

Eddie Lorton, a Reno businessman and mayoral candidate, filed suit to stop termed-out candidates from running. The Nevada Supreme Court agreed, 5-to-2. 

“Well, it changes the race because we have the legal candidates and that’s what I wanted,” says Lorton.

The case was expedited because filing for the race starts Monday.

Now, one former city council member and one current city council member who were running for mayor won’t be filing and candidates with little name recognition like Chuck Reno may have a better chance.

“I am looking at it so now the whole landscape has changed what do I have to offer the voters, why would they vote for Chuck Reno?” he says.

Now many more people are expected to run for mayor. The ruling affects similar cases and races state-wide.

“That is why I did it, to have the legal, right people running so that the citizens can have the fair, right, legal choice," says Lorton.

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