The grandson of Cesar Chavez is challenging the Arizona congressional candidate who has been using the farm labor leader’s name. Alejandro Chavez has filed a legal complaint in the Arizona Superior Court asking that Cesar Chavez, formerly known as Scott Fistler, be removed from the Democratic primary ballot. “This is an attempt to fool voters. This is nothing more than that, so that’s not right,” Alejandro Chavez said. Fistler previously ran for Phoenix City Council in 2013. He has since changed his name and party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.
“Everybody who joined a march, everybody who joined him on the picket line, those are the people this is a slap in the face to,” Alejandro Chavez said.
In court documents, Alejandro Chavez claims Fistler “intends to induce supporters of one of the legitimate candidates for Cong. District 7 to refrain from voting for that candidate and to instead vote for Fistler, confusing him with the civil rights leader … or one of the leader’s descendants.”
Alejandro Chavez also said Fistler misled voters by gathering signatures to get on the Aug. 26 ballot before officially registering as a Democrat.