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Arizona high court to explain Cheuvront-McDermott ruling

The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday will issue an opinion explaining why it put a Democratic legislative candidate back on the primary election ballot for a state House seat from a Phoenix district.

The court on July 3 overturned a trial judge’s decision throwing Jean Cheuvront-McDermott off the ballot because of a law governing the use of candidate names on nominating papers and ballots.

The candidate’s legal name is Lois Jean McDermott, but she argued that she has long used a hyphenated last name of Cheuvront-McDermott. Her son is Ken Cheuvront, a former legislator running for re-election to the Senate from the same district.

The Supreme Court’s July 3 order said the ballot should use McDermott as her last name.

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  1. Jean McDermott has been Jean McDermott, has called herself Jean McDermott, and has been called Jean McDermott by everybody since she divorced Jerry Cheuvront ages ago. Her and son Ken Cheuvront’s attempt to have her coattail on his name because he himself had been elected in part of the new LD24 a few years ago is both bizarre and comical. This is almost as weird as the time he tried to leverage his clout a decade ago by having sidekick Wally Straughn as his running mate — and we know how that turned out.

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