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Anaheim candidate can keep Latino name on ballot, judge rules

September 4, 2012 |  7:23 pm

A judge ruled Tuesday that a man running for Anaheim City Council could keep his full name of Steven Albert Chavez Lodge on the ballot, but would have to remove the designation of retired police officer.

When Lodge was born his last name was Chavez, but when his mother remarried he took the last name “Lodge,” according to court filings.

Conservative blogger Cynthia Ward said in her lawsuit that the use of Chavez was for political gain in Anaheim, which is majority Latino.

In the suit, Ward said that the name was “false, misleading and illegal.”

Ward also requested that Lodge remove the designation of “retired police officer” from the ballot, because he now works for a construction company, a ruling that Orange County Superior Court Judge Charles Margines agreed with.

In a tentative ruling, he called Lodge's job as a director of public affairs at Hill International Inc. the candidate's "principal occupation" rather than his status as a retired police officer.

Now, the ballot will read “businessman.”

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