GOP candidate Chaney waffles on withdrawing

After winning the primary, he's reconsidering his vow to decline the nomination.

cmsewell@idahostatesman.comMay 28, 2014 

Greg Chaney

Idaho House District 10B Republican primary candidate Greg Chaney said in April he was suspending his race and he would "neither actively seek nor accept the Republican nomination."

Chaney, 32, made his April announcement after his past legal and financial troubles came to light. He 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.

But he made the announcement too late to have his name removed from the ballot and too late for other candidates to file.

His was the only name on the May 20 ballot, and Chaney won the primary election with 1,208 votes. Write-in Republican candidates Brian Bishop and Kent Marmon received 596 and 251 votes, respectively.

Now Chaney is tempering his earlier decision to withdraw from the race.

"I'm looking at every possible angle at this point. I have reached out to the two write-in candidates and have let them know that I am still considering my options, and I have been in contact with party leadership," Chaney said.

Chaney's promise to withdraw is not binding. According to the Secretary of State's Office, there is no legal reason Chaney cannot advance to the general election Nov. 6.

The Secretary of State issues certificates of primary election nomination on June 5. Chaney can choose to accept or decline the nomination.

If he doesn't accept the nomination, the District 10 Republican Central Committee will choose a replacement nominee to appear on the November ballot.

Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell

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