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Phoenix's Cesar Chavez gives politics second try

Posted: 9:05 PM, Apr 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-27 03:09:41Z

You may see a famous name on the ballot this year, but the Cesar Chavez running for Congress has no relation to the famous farm worker and union organizer.

Cesar Chavez, born Scott Fistler, is an Army veteran from Phoenix. He changed his name before running for Congress in a heavily Hispanic district. Rep. Ruben Gallego is the incumbent.

This is Chavez's second try. In 2014, he failed to gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot.   

The candidate said he admires the famous Cesar Chavez, and he's fed up with politics as usual.  He's particularly upset at the Arizona Democratic Party, which refuses to add his name on its candidate website.

"This is a slap in the face for not only veterans in America, but for veteran families, immigrants, everybody because we should want to go to the polls and vote," Chavez said.

State Democratic leaders say Chavez is not a serious candidate. They received a court order to keep Chavez from harassing them, after they say he threatened them.