IPT: Caldwell Republican Candidate Seeking House Seat Has Past Legal, Financial Troubles


The Republican candidate running for the seat being vacated by retiring seven-term Caldwell Rep. Darrell Bolz brings with him no small amount of past legal and financial trouble.

According to April 10's Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Chaney, the only Republican seeking election for the Legislative District 10B seat, was charged with disturbing the peace and found guilty of malicious injury to property stemming from a 2009 incident in which he "pushed and shoved" his then-wife at their home, according to court documents. Chaney was first charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child, but the charge was amended. Two charges of false imprisonment and destruction of a telecommunication line were dismissed.

The Press-Tribune reports that 32-year-old Chaney stated in the probable cause affidavit that he was intoxicated at the time. In the years following the 2009 incident, Chaney's finances fell into disarray, with multiple collections cases—the most recent in 2012, the same year he filed for bankruptcy—stemming from his former wife's medical bills.

Now remarried, Chaney and his wife have six children between them. The Boise State University student and law firm administrative employee says he is running on a platform of family values and fiscal responsibility, and credits faith in God with turning his life around.

Chaney will face Democrat Leif Skyving, a member of the Caldwell School Board, in the Nov. 4 general election.