A court hearing today considered whether Reno City Council member Jenny Brekhus is eligible to run for mayor.
Brekhus is being challenged by William Mantle, also a mayoral candidate, who said he filed a challenge against Brekhus citing term limits. Brekhus has been on the council for 10 years, and her term expires in 2012.
But if elected mayor in November, she would be elected to a four-year term. Brekhus has served 10 years as a council member – if she were to get elected mayor in November, she will then serve another four years as mayor.
But does the term limit of 12 years apply to the position change from council member to mayor?
That’s one of two key points argued today in front of Second Judicial Court Judge Connie Steinheimer.
“[The Nevada Constitution] doesn’t take into account whether the person can run into a different position in the same public body in the middle of their term. That’s a brand new situation for the court,” Luke Busby, Brekhus’ attorney, said. “The court has never ruled on this issue.”
Pooled video by Ben Margiott, KRNV.