Another write-in candidate enters Canyon County GOP House race

csewell@idahostatesman.comApril 24, 2014 

— The Republican primary for District 10 House Seat B has gone from one candidate running unopposed to two write-in candidates running for the seat that the original candidate says he no longer seeks — even though his is the only name that will appear on the Republican ballot May 20.

On Wednesday, Greg Chaney, the only candidate who had filed to run for the office, announced he had suspended his campaign and would not accept the nomination if elected.

Earlier this month, when news of Chaney's past legal and financial problems surfaced, Brian Bishop filed to run against Chaney as a write-in candidate.

Last week, Kent Marmon filed paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State to run as a write-in candidate for the seat.

District 10 House Seat B is being vacated by retiring Darrell Bolz.

Marmon said in a press release Thursday he had considered filing earlier, but decided not to run when it appeared Chaney had been "recruited" for the position.

“By the time news stories began to appear about Greg’s past, it was too late to file,” Marmon said.

Chaney told the Canyon County Central Committee on April 15 he would not withdraw from the race, despite a backlash over the fact he didn’t fully disclose past legal problems. Chaney said at the time that staying in the race was the right thing to do and that it would be up to voters to decide the outcome.

Chaney, 32, has filed bankruptcy twice since 2004. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, disturbing the peace and malicious injury to property, stemming from a 2009 argument with his girlfriend, whom he later married and divorced. Canyon County’s GOP leaders were not aware of Chaney’s history until the news broke this month.

On Wednesday, Chaney reversed course and announced he was suspending campaign activities effective immediately and would not seek or accept the Republican nomination for the House District 10 B seat.

"(T)he strain on my family over the last couple weeks has been undeniable ... it is in the best interests of the District and my family that I reach this decision,” Chaney said in a press release.

The deadline has passed to remove or add names to the May primary ballot, so Chaney's name will be the only name printed on the Republican the ballot. If he wins the May 20 primary, the Secretary of State's office will issue him a certificate of nomination, which he can choose to accept or decline. If he declines, the GOP committee will select someone to fill the vacancy and that person's name will appear on November's general election ballot.

Marmon has been a candidate in the past for state legislative seats. “I’ve always seemed to pick the hardest races to run,” he said.

Marmon said he is a fiscal conservative and has signed a pledge with the Idaho State Republican Party, agreeing to stand by all of the provisions of its platform.

“I am pro-life, opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana, and do not support changing the Constitution to allow for same-sex marriage — positions that I believe are true for the majority of people in my district,” Marmon said.

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