Name Change for Professional Purposes – Can You Be Cesar Chavez?
Name Change for Professional Purposes led Scott Fistler to become Cesar Chavez, legally. In doing it, his Petition said “I have experienced many hardships because of my name”. What he meant was that he’d been losing political races as Republican Scott Fistler. He thought that he’d have a better chance of winning as Cesar Chavez, Democrat.
After all, Leslie Lynch King, Jr. changed his name to Gerald Rudolph Ford not for entertaining, Junior and went on to become the 38th President of The United States. But then Leslie King didn’t choose a famous name to try and cash in on. No, he made the name Gerald R. Ford recognizable, admired and famous by his own personal accomplishments after the Name Change. So did the real Cesar Chavez.
Seeing no reason to deny the Name Change Application, Maricopa County Commissioner James Morrow signed Fistler’s Order Changing Name on 12-19-13. And so Fistler legally became Cesar Chavez. But wait, there’s more.
Name Change for Professional Purposes – Should You Try to Be Cesar Chavez?
On 2-4-14 he filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission to say he was going to run for public office as a Democrat named Cesar Chavez. He proceeded to gather the signatures necessary to qualify to be on the primary ballot as a candidate for the U.S House of Representatives from Arizona’s District 7. And then, on 4-28-14, he finally registered as a Democrat. All this, according to the allegations in a lawsuit filed this week by THE Cesar Chavez’s grandson as reported by the Arizona Capitol Times
Name Change for Professional Purposes – The Good Kind
Usually, when people seek a Name Change for Professional Reasons, it’s to establish a name for themselves. We’ve helped many of these people into their New Legal Names. They take the name that fits the person they are … and are becoming. They see their New Name as an important piece of their persona as they pursue their life ahead. Their New Name compliments and supports their direction and what they stand for. It’s an investment, a commitment.
As a “for instance”, one of the most famous actresses of the 20th Century, was born Norma Jean Mortenson. She then changed her last name to Baker before becoming Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe is a permanent part of Movie Star History. That’s because of what she accomplished in her life, not because she took someone else’s name.
Sometimes people pursue Name Change for Professional Purposes because they have already been using a name professionally, but it’s not their legal name. For instance, Destiny Hope Cyrus was starring in the Hanna Montana hit television show as Miley Cyrus in 2007. In 2008, at the Los Angeles Superior Court, she got her Decree Changing Name and legally became Miley Ray Cyrus. Also, Gerald R. Ford, was called that for 20 years before he went into court, in 1935, to take it as his Legal Name. His birth certificate showed his name to be Leslie King. But after legally becoming Gerald Ford, he became President of the United States. The point is, people can choose a name for themselves and then build it into a valuable name, which is the essence of Name Change for Professional Purposes.
Name Change for Professional Purposes – The Wrong Kind
Back to the curious case of Cesar Chavez, the man who wants to be the next U.S. Representative from the 7th District of the great state of Arizona. If he can survive the challenge to his candidacy by the grandson of the more famous and deceased Cesar Chavez, he’ll have to convince the voters of the 7th District that, whatever his name is or was, that he’s fit to represent them. If he does all that, he can have a chance to launch a second Cesar Chavez into a place of honor and distinction for history’s sake.
Based on what I’ve read about Mr. Fistler/Chavez’s career path so far, I think he got a Name Change for Camouflage Purposes, not a Name Change for Professional Purposes. It will be interesting to see what comes of this one.
Fistler strikes out as Chavez too
According to Wikipedia, in 2014, Chavez (formerly Fistler) was disqualified from running by Judge Rea of Maricopa Superior Court.
In 2016, he tried to run again through the Democratic Party. That Party refused to list him, saying he wasn’t a serious candidate.