A retired policeman running for a City Council seat in Anaheim is trying to mislead voters by using the name “Chavez” on the November ballot, a lawsuit alleges.
The suit claims that Steve Chavez Lodge added the middle name for political gain. The city of Anaheim has a Latino majority.
Conservative blogger Cynthia Ward said in her lawsuit that “… the use of the middle name ‘Chavez’ appears to have been adopted recently for political purposes.”
People should’ve been suspicious of Anaheim City Council candidate Steve Lodge long before he decided to rebrand himself as Steve Chavez Lodge in a callous bid for disenfranchised Mexi voters. He’s endorsed by former Anaheim mayor Curt Pringle and arch-pedophile-protector apologist Matt Cunningham (who infamously published the name of sex-abuse victims), and quotes Ronald Reagan on his Facebook page as if membership in the OC GOP depended on it (which it does!). He’s a family values type of guy whose current wife is about 15 years younger than he is. He’s a carpetbagger whom property records show has barely lived any time in the very city he says he wants to represent.
And now? Pendejo is named in a civil lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court saying he’s an opportunistic liar–which he totally is.
Lodge, a retired Santa Ana city homicide detective, says he was born Steven Albert Chavez. It’s on his birth certificate, and he only changed his name to Lodge when he was 12 years old after his mother married his stepfather.
“He was a mentor in my life, a good role model,” he said. “It’s a frivolous lawsuit. There’s no merit to it. I’ve used that name my whole life.”
Ward remains skeptical of the candidate’s motivation to use Chavez on the election ballot, so she wants a judge to decide if the name Chavez should appear on the November ballot.
“I don’t think there is anything frivolous about electing the people that are asking to lead our community for the next four to eight years,” said Ward. “Anaheim is at a crossroads right now that I want to make sure the people of Anaheim have accurate information that they can base their votes on.”
50 percent Latino, none of the current council members are Latino, with the only possible exception being Councilwoman Lorri Galloway, who claims to be half Latina because of her father’s Spanish heritage.
The disparity in representation is the subject of another lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and a group of Latino activists. That lawsuit contends that the at-large City Council elections prevent Latinos from fielding a successful candidate.
There are two open council seats by virtue of Galloway and Councilman Harry Sidhu being termed out. Lodge is considered one of two candidates who are heavily backed by the city’s political establishment. The other candidate is school board trustee Jordan Brandman.