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Supreme Court Looks At Henderson Mayoral Challenge

(HENDERSON, NV., KXNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS)–The Nevada Supreme Court is asking attorneys to weigh in on whether a failed mayoral candidate trying to oust the Henderson mayor has standing to do so.

Rick Workman says Mayor Andy Hafen is ineligible to hold the job because of state laws on term limits. He cites a February ruling by the state Supreme Court that says council members who have served the maximum 12 years in office cannot run for mayor and serve on the same governing body.

Mayors of Henderson and Reno are voting members of their city councils.

The city of Henderson has said the ruling wasn’t intended to unseat people elected before it was issued.

That same opinion was conveyed recently by the state Attorney General’s office when it announced it would not seek action to remove Hafen from office. Workman originally asked that Hafen resign. When that did not happen, his attorney demanded the Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Governor’s office take steps to enforce the court ruling and remove Hafen.

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