BOISE, Idaho -

The Republican contender in the race for a western Idaho legislative district has had run-ins with the law.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Greg Chaney was charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child in 2009.

Prosecutors said in court documents that Chaney pushed his then-wife, snatched her cell phone when she tried to call police and threatened to kill himself with a steak knife. The charge was later amended to disturbing the peace; Chaney was convicted of that charge and of misdemeanor malicious destruction of property.

The representative hopeful acknowledged the incident, but said he has changed his ways.

Chaney is running unopposed in the primary for the seat being vacated by Caldwell Republican Rep. Darrell Bolz. He will face Democrat Leif Skyving in the general election.