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Chavez misses deadline to appeal

Cesar Chavez (formerly Scott Fistler) in front of the Maricopa County Superior Court, minutes after a judge ruled that he should be barred from appearing on the ballot because of insufficient signatures. (Photo by Ben Giles/Arizona Capitol Times)

Cesar Chavez (formerly Scott Fistler) in front of the Maricopa County Superior Court, minutes after a judge ruled that he should be barred from appearing on the ballot because of insufficient signatures. (Photo by Ben Giles/Arizona Capitol Times)

Cesar Chavez missed the deadline to appeal a ruling that he be barred from running in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District, ending his chances of appearing on ballots in August.

Chavez, formerly GOP candidate Scott Fistler, had until Monday to appeal a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling that roughly half of the signatures he collected to qualify for the Democratic primary in the 7th Congressional District were invalid.

Following the court’s June 18 written ruling, Chavez had five days to appeal the decision to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Chavez initially vowed to appeal, but had little financial backing to support his campaign. Chavez represented himself during the Superior Court hearing.

He ran in two elections as Republican candidate Scott Fistler before changing his name and party affiliation in December 2013. He denied taking on his new name to mimic Hispanic labor icon Cesar Chavez, and later claimed the name change was influenced by the names of some of his favorite athletes and his dog’s favorite brand of dog food.

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