Filing to Run for Office in Washoe County and Nevada
After being in limbo land for months, the question of "Who will be Reno's next Mayor?" is finally getting sorted out - sort of. The official filing period for qualified candidates to get on the ballot is March 3, 2014 through March 14, 2014. These dates apply to all non-judicial candidates throughout Nevada, not just Washoe County. At this writing, numerous candidates have filed for Mayor of Reno and a variety of other offices. Those that are actually qualified to seek office will face off in the primary election on June 10, 2014. Of the survivors, voters will choose the winners in the general election on November 4, 2014. Refer to these sources to see who has filed.
Say Goodbye to Reno Mayor Bob Cashell
Reno Mayor Bob Cashell will have served 12 years (three terms) when he is term limited out in 2014. He was a strong and outspoken mayor whose accomplishments include the ReTRAC train trench, the Reno Aces baseball stadium, and the Community Assistance Center. He also presided over what many consider some pretty poor fiscal decisions and a heavy debt burden for the City of Reno.
Cashell has stated he agrees with the Nevada Supreme Court decision about term limited Reno City Council members (see next section). He has no heir apparent and so far has not endorsed a possible successor. Whether or not he does so remains to be seen.
Nevada Supreme Court Ruling Disqualifies Term Limited Candidates
Starting back in 2013, termed out Reno City Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza and Councilman Dwight Dortch (will term out in 2014) were both declared candidates with budding campaign and fund raising organizations. Their candidacies came to s sudden end with a Nevada Supreme Court ruling handed down on February 20, 2014. In response to a suit brought by Reno mayoral candidate Eddie Lorton, the justices ruled (5 to 2) that the mayor is indeed a member of the city council, making those former and current council members who have been term limited ineligible to run for mayor. In addition to Sferrazza and Dortch, this ruling includes two other former council members who where hinting at running - Dave Aiazzi and Sharon Zadra (termed out in 2014).
Justice James Hardesty wrote the majority opinion - "Because the Reno City Charter makes the mayor a member of the city's 'local governing body' for all purposes, we conclude that (the constitution) bars a term limited council member from thereafter being elected mayor of Reno."
Sferrazza did not want to give up. She and her attorney requested that the Nevada Supreme Court reconsider its ruling on the grounds that the election law is ambiguous and should be decided in favor of potential candidates. This attempt failed. On March 5, 2014, the court issued its order on Sferrazza's request - "Rehearing denied." Thus, all potential candidates term limited out of Reno City Council seats cannot run and the stage has been set for Reno's first competitive mayoral election in over 10 years.
Filed Candidates for the 2014 Mayor of Reno Election
During the filing period - March 3 through March 14, 2014 - the people listed below filed with the Washoe County Registrar of Voters to run for mayor of Reno. This is the final list (unless there are drop-outs) of candidates that will be on the ballot for the primary election on June 10, 2014.
- DeLores Aiazzi
- Robert Avery
- Marsha Berkbigler
- Michael Bertrand
- Sean Burke
- Chad Dehne
- Thomas Fitzgerald
- Brian Lee Flemming
- Eric D. Fromelius
- Erik Holland
- Eddie Lorton
- Mark Markel
- Ian Pasalich
- Toni Perri
- Raymond Pezonella
- Larry Pizorno
- Charles Reno
- Hillary Schieve
- Idora Silver
- Ken Stark
As of April 20, 2014, two candidates were no longer in the running. Toni Perri's name will still be on the ballot for the June 10 primary. His passing came after the deadline for removing names from the ballot. Polling places will have signs informing voters of his death.
- Eric D. Fromelius (withdrew)
- Toni Perri (died)
Possible Additional Candidates for Mayor of Reno
One sitting Reno City Council member (Oscar Delgado) and one former member (Dan Gustin) have indicated interest in running for Reno mayor, though none have formerly declared. Gustin declined to run for re-election in 2012 and was not termed out, making him still eligible to be mayor according to the Nevada Supreme Court ruling. Another person who has indicated interest is Barry Breslow. At the end of the filing period, none of these people had filed as candidates.
Possible Candidates Who Will Not Run for Mayor of Reno
Several prominent Reno and Washoe County residents have been named as possible candidates for Mayor of Reno. Those named here have indicated that they will not be on the ballot. All of these people kept their word and did not file to run for mayor.
- Jenny Brekhus
- Valerie Glenn
- Rick Reviglio
- Kitty Jung
- Mike Haley
- Sheila Leslie
- Richard Gammick
- Neoma Jardon
- Ben Kieckhefer
Sources: Nevada Supreme Court, Washoe County Registrar of Voters, Nevada Secretary of State, Reno Gazette-Journal.