California Local Candidate Wins Reversal, May Appear as "Steve Albert Chavez Lodge" on Ballot Instead of "Steve Lodge"

On September 4, a candidate for Anaheim, California city council won a lawsuit over whether he could use “Chavez” as part of his name on the ballot. See this story. The tentative ruling had said he could not use “Chavez” but the judge changed his opinion after receiving more evidence about the candidate’s use of his full name. The case has important implications if the candidate wins, because Anaheim is under attack for its at-large city council elections, which have never produced a Hispanic city councilmember.

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