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Cesar Chavez Removed From Arizona Ballot

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File photo of voting booths by Joe Raedle / Getty Images

File photo of voting booths by Joe Raedle / Getty Images

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez will be removed from the Democratic primary ballot.

A judge ruled Tuesday that hundreds of signatures gathered by the candidate formerly known as Scott Fistler to get on the Aug. 26 ballot are invalid.

The former Republican changed his name to that of the late farm labor leader in December and switched party affiliations in April. The grandson of the original Cesar Chavez filed a legal complaint saying the name change is intended to defraud voters.

Chavez previously lost two bids for elected office when he was known as Fistler. This time, he’s seeking a seat in the heavily Hispanic and heavily Democratic 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Phoenix and Glendale.

He vows to appeal Tuesday’s ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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