Greg Chaney, who just just months ago said he would not seek or accept the GOP nomination for the District 10B seat in the Idaho House, has reconsidered.
In a written statement issued Saturday evening, Chaney said since he beat two write-in challengers in last month's primary election, he has spoken to party leaders, community members and spent "countless hours" discussing the situation with his family. After spending the past three and a half weeks in prayer about the best path forward, Chaney said he decided to "honor the will of the people" and accept the Republican nomination.
"I am humbled by the fact (voters) chose me to be their nominee despite the suspension of my campaign and the distractions caused by extensive news coverage of old events," Chaney said in his statement.
Chaney suspended his campaign in April after a backlash over his failure to completely disclose past legal problems.
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 Countys GOP leaders were not aware of Chaneys history until news broke in April.
That month, Chaney said he would not seek or accept the nomination. His name remained on the ballot, however, and he received 57 percent of the vote in defeating write-in challengers Brian Bishop and Kent Marmon.
Democrat Leif Skyving, independent Gordon Counsil and libertarian Eugene Spencer Smith will apprear on the Nov. 4 ballot for the District 10B seat.
Rep. Darrell Bolz, who currently holds the seat, is retiring and did not run.
In his statement, Chaney said he is eager to meet more of his neighbors and share his message of limited government, job growth and quality education in the months before the Nov. 4 election.