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Name-changing candidate Cesar Chavez faces ballot challenge by labor leader’s grandson

Posted Jun 11, 2014 12:00 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An Arizona congressional candidate who changed his name to Cesar Chavez is facing a ballot challenge by the grandson of the late labor and civil-rights leader Cesar Chavez.

Alejandro Chavez alleges the candidate is misleading voters and has too few valid signatures to be on the ballot in the Democratic primary, report Reuters, the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Capitol Times. Cesar Chavez is running for office in a primarily Hispanic district.

The name change misleads voters into believing candidate Chavez is the civil-rights leader Chavez or one of his descendants, the suit alleges.

Scott Fistler changed his name to Cesar Chavez in November, according to the suit. Previously a Republican, he registered as a Democrat in April. He previously ran for Congress and city council as a Republican and lost.

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