Reno mayoral candidate filing kicks off

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Reno mayoral candidate filing kicks off

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The race for Reno mayor kicked off Monday with six candidates filing for the office.

They include Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler and Reno businessman Eddie Lorton, along with Michael Bertrand, Sean Burke, Tom Fitzgerald, and Tony Perri.

Due to a recent Nevada Supreme Court ruling, termed out city council members cannot run for the office, a decision that has pushed current councilman Dwight Dortch and former councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza out of the race.

Through a petition filed last week, Sferrazza is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling, arguing that justices overlooked previous precedent-setting cases in their decision.

Fred Lokken, a professor of political science at Truckee Meadows Community College, says the Nevada Supreme Court's decision could blow this year's mayoral race wide open to a long roster of unknown candidates, many with limited working knowledge of the City.

"You wind up with individuals with no name recognition, so they're all desperately trying to find some way with very limited funds to be able to appeal to voters and try to explain who they are and what they'll do," Lokken explains. "For the voters, it becomes too confusing and there's just not enough information."

Candidate filing continues through March 14.