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Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, has made a name for himself in his first House term as a leading advocate of state nullification of federal laws, an opponent of most government regulation and an ally of tax-protesting Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, who recruited him to run.

As he seeks a second term, he’s facing a challenge from Democrat Cheryl Stransky, a retired longtime school counselor and first-time candidate who’s been involved in the community, from 4-H to youth soccer, for 35 years.

But it’s a district that hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1994; none has even run in the past decade.

Idaho legislators are paid $16,116 per year.

State Representative, Pos. A, Idaho Legislative District 2

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

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.


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