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Vito Barbieri

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. A, Idaho Legislative District 2 in the 2012 Idaho General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 65

City: Dalton Gardens

Occupation: lawyer; small business owner

Education: Graduated from Westchester High School, Los Angeles, Calif., in 1969. Holds an associates degree from El Camino Junior College, and bachelor’s and law degrees from Western State University in Fullerton, Calif.

Political background: Incumbent, elected to the Idaho House in 2010, 2012 and 2014; seeking re-election to a fourth term.

Work experience: Practiced law in California for 20 years. Since moving to Idaho in 2004, has operated several small businessess, including a catering business and the “Vap-It” electronic cigarette store in Post Falls.

Family: Married. Has three grown children.


On this race:

“Remain true to the conservative ideology, and that is to somehow shrink government … shrink the regulations that are stifling businesses.” Wants to deregulate driver training businesses in Idaho; and to look into a way to charge the federal government for destruction of Idaho wildlife by wolves. Backs tax credits for private schools; supports “Students Come First” school reform laws.

Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Vito Barbieri (R) 14,132 65.74%
Cheryl Stransky (D) 7,364 34.26%

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