Congressional candidate changes name to Cesar Chavez

Phoenix, Jun 3 (EFE).- Opponents of Scott Fistler are calling his move to legally change his name to Cesar Chavez to run as a candidate for Congress from a heavily Hispanic district in Arizona a "joke" on the Latino community.

Fistler/Chavez, making his third bid for public office, also switched parties to vie for the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Pastor.

Fistler tried to challenge veteran Democrat Pastor as a write-in candidate in 2012 and lost a 2013 Phoenix City Council race to the congressman's daughter, Laura Pastor.

"This person should be ashamed of his actions. He thinks that Hispanics can be fooled and I think he's only playing with people," Mary Rose Wilcox, who is also a Democratic candidate to represent Arizona's 7th congressional district, told Efe on Tuesday.

Candidate Cesar Chavez has collected enough voters' signatures to run in the August Democratic primaries against Wilcox.

For many Hispanics, the name of Cesar Chavez is directly linked with the late Mexican-American activist who fought for farmworkers' rights.

Displayed on the "Cesar Chavez for Congress in 2014" blog are photos of huge marches with people wearing red shirts with the name "Chavez" written on them in white.

However, those photos are not of Arizona residents, but rather of people in Venezuela, apparently during an event involving the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"The voters will not fall for that trick. It's shameful. I think the best thing they can do is to ignore him," said Wilcox.