Sferrazza argues for chance to run for Reno mayor

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Sferrazza argues for chance to run for Reno mayor

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Reno mayoral candidate Jessica Sferrazza says there's no reason she shouldn't be eligible for mayor.

Reno mayoral candidate Jessica Sferrazza says there's no reason she shouldn't be eligible for mayor.

Sferrazza and her attorney have responded to rival candidate Eddie Lorton who filed a petition last month with the Nevada Supreme Court saying Sferrazza and other termed out city council members cannot hold the office.

Lorton's argument revolves around the definition of the mayor and city council as part of the same governing body, and the state constitution prohibits a person from being re-elected, regardless of their role.

In her response, Sferrazza calls Lorton's case a parlor trick without legal basis. She says the mayor is a distinct office because the position entails other roles beyond City Council. 

"The mayor is obviously the head of the city. The mayor has the power to declare state of emergency. The mayor may has appointment powers. The mayor is the leader of our city moving forward."

"Talk about political maneuvering, she acts like it is a way to forward the political game and it's smoke and parlor tricks, then it's a distraction. What are they supposed to say? That I am right and they are out of there, and they don't have a job now? No."

That's Lorton, who says if his case had no merit, the state supreme court wouldn't have even accepted it.

This is the final day for other termed out candidates, such as Dwight Dorch, to file a response with the court, before the case goes forward.

In the past, the Nevada's Attorney General's Office has said a termed out member like Sferrazza is eligible, while the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau has said the opposite.