Cesar Chavez family opposes candidate using name

PHOENIX — The grandson of Cesar Chavez filed a challenge Tuesday against an Arizona congressional candidate who has been using the farm labor leader’s name.

Alejandro Chavez filed a legal complaint in Phoenix, asking that Scott Fistler be removed from the Democratic primary ballot.


Jim Barton, the attorney representing Alejandro Chavez, said on Wednesday that Fistler’s campaign is ‘‘an effort to corrupt the election by confusing the voters.’’

Fistler, a former Republican who has lost two bids for elected office, legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez last December and his party affiliation in April, the Arizona Capitol Times reported.

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Fistler, now Chavez, is running for a seat in the heavily Democratic Seventh Congressional District.

In court documents, Alejandro Chavez alleges the candidate misled voters by gathering signatures to get on the Aug. 26 ballot before officially registering as a Democrat. He is also accused of collecting signatures from people who are not qualified to vote in that district.

A message left with the candidate was not immediately returned.

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