Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

PHOENIX -- 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 that Scott Fistler gathered to get on the Aug. 26 ballot were invalid.

Fistler changed his name to that of the late farm labor leader last December and switched party affiliations in April.

Fistler previously lost two bids for elected office. He was seeking a seat in the heavily Hispanic and heavily Democratic 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Phoenix and Glendale.

He acted as his own attorney at Tuesday's hearing and vowed to appeal the judge's decision to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Chavez's grandson filed a legal complaint against Fistler, saying the candidate's name change was intended to defraud voters.

Associated Press,

share this story:
Attention Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.