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Cesar Chavez removed from Arizona ballot

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First Scott Fistler changed his name to Cesar Chavez. Then some claim he was hoping to wear the mantle of the civil rights leader of the same name, he collected signatures to run for Congress in the heavily Hispanic 7th Congressional District.

A judge however has derailed his bid, and he issued an injunction blocking him from the ballot because hundreds of signatures were deemed invalid.

"Let me start by saying my legal name is Cesar Chavez, no objection?, Great," said Chavez.

There was no objection to the name change, but the Maricopa County Elections Office testified that many signers did not live in the district or were not registered to vote.

Chavez acted as his own attorney and put himself on the witness stand.

"But I will swear I did put in the work, the people wrote their signatures, so why aren't they recognized here today, thank you," he said.

"People in America known I am Cesar Chavez, and I am still alive you know, I am here, and legal, and everything else that goes with it. I am campaigning as Chavez, not changing my address, I am not hiding from anyone," said Chavez.

The judge listened patiently but ruled that half of Chavez's signatures were no good, and ordered him removed from the ballot.

"Of the signatures in the petition sheets filed, 711 of them are invalid, when those are substracted, then the candidate is short 295 signatures, so an injunction is issued," said Judge John Rea.

Chavez has until June 27th to appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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