Chaney wins District 10 primary race despite trying to withdraw

Greg Chaney won Tuesday's Idaho House District 10B GOP primary despite attempting to withdraw from the race in April after his past legal troubles came to light. He withdrew too late to have his name removed from the ballot and too late for other candidates to file.

Chaney's name was the sole name on the Republican ballot on Tuesday. He received 1,208 votes, more than 57 percent, over two write-in candidates.

Write-in candidate Brian Bishop, a corporate finance lawyer, got 596 votes. Former Caldwell City Councilman and write-in candidate Kent Marmon got 251 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's Office, there is no legal reason Chaney cannot advance to the general election Nov. 6. Chaney told the Statesman he would "neither actively seek nor accept the Republican nomination." 

If Chaney doesn't accept the nomination, the Republican State Central Committee has 15 days after his resignation to submit three names of potential replacements to the governor. The governor will choose one of the three to run in the general election.

Democrat Leif Skyving, independent Gordon Counsil and libertarian Eugene Spencer Smith will also be on the ballot for Dist. 10b on November 6.

Rep. Darrell Bolz, who currently holds the seat, is retiring and did not run. 

In 2009, Nampa police charged Chaney with four misdemeanors after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. He pleaded guilty to one charge and to an amended charge; two charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 177 suspended. He paid a $204 fine for disturbing the peace. He served three days in jail and paid a $604 fine for malicious injury to property.