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Leif Skyving
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Former candidate for
Idaho House of Representatives, District 10B
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth2/26/1955
Place of birthStockholm, Sweden
Campaign website
Leif Skyving was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 10B of the Idaho House of Representatives. He ran unsuccessfully for District 10 of the Idaho State Senate in 2012.

He is currently a school board trustee for the Caldwell School District.


Campaign themes


Skyving's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Im running for the Idaho Legislature because I care deeply about Caldwell. My vision for our community includes a vibrant middle class, world-class schools, good paying jobs, and affordable college education.[2]



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Leif Skyving was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Greg Chaney defeated write-in candidates Brian Darnall Bishop and Kent Marmon in the Republican primary. Chaney defeated Skyving, Gordon Counsil (I) and Eugene Spencer Smith (L) in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 10B, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Chaney 53.6% 4,398
     Democratic Leif Skyving 38.6% 3,168
     Independent Gordon Counsil 4.2% 341
     Libertarian Eugene Spencer Smith 3.6% 297
Total Votes 8,204
Idaho House of Representatives, District 10B Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Chaney 58.8% 1,208
Brian Darnall Bishop 29% 596
Kent Marmon 12.2% 251
Total Votes 2,055


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Skyving ran for election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 10. Skyving was unopposed in the May 15 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Jim Rice (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Idaho State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Rice Incumbent 61.2% 7,706
     Democratic Leif Skyving 38.8% 4,885
Total Votes 12,591


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Skyving was a Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Idaho State Senate. He had no opposition in the May 25 primary. He lost to Republican John McGee in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]


Soliciting email

Skyving may have violated the Idaho Constitution when he used his official school account to send an email message to employees of the school district to lay out his arguments against John McGee’s re-election. In the email he offered to provide refreshments for any employee who might want to hold a fundraiser for his campaign.

In the email, sent on June 17, 2010 from Skyving’s official email address to one address that sends his email to every employee of the Caldwell School District, Skyving says that McGee is "no friend of public education" and says that he is "shocked by the lack of interest in by a majority of our legislators for creative solutions in regards to the current crisis in education."

In the email he explained that since his campaign began in April, he has visited more than 1,000 households, most of which, he proclaims, are concerned about recent education budget cuts. He also points a finger at the Idaho Education Association (IEA), blasting the group for not supporting his campaign bid because it sees McGee as unbeatable. He describes the lack of IEA’s confidence in his campaign as a “tough pill to swallow” in the message.

Caldwell School District Superintendent Roger Quarles said that Skyving was in clear violation of the district’s Internet use policy, which prevents political communication like the one sent out by the candidate.[10]

Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak is the man with the authority to investigate the incident, but he will reportedly not look into it. Bujak said the violation, which Skyving said was unintentional, should be handled by the school district and not his office.

”It seems that this will likely be handled as a policy/personnel matter within the school district,” Bujak said in an email to the publication.[11]

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