Mike Vuittonet

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Mike Vuittonet
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Board member, West Ada Board of Trustees, Zone 2
Term ends
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 19, 2015
Next generalMay 2019
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Mike Vuittonet is the Zone 2 incumbent on the West Ada Board of Trustees in Idaho. The seat was up for general election on May 19, 2015. Vuittonet defeated Christine Bitler Whited to retain his Zone 2 seat.[1]

Vuittonet was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 21B of the Idaho House of Representatives.


Vuittonet is a real estate appraiser and agent with Empower Real Estate.[2]



See also: West Ada School District elections (2015)


Three of the five seats on the West Ada Board of Trustees were up for election in the general election on May 19, 2015. The seats represent five geographical zones.

In Zone 2, incumbent Mike Vuittonet faced challenger Christine Bitler Whited. Zone 4 incumbent Anne Ritter faced challenger Julie Madsen. The Zone 5 incumbent, Janet Calinsky, did not file for re-election. The candidates for the open Zone 5 seat were Gregory Deitchler, Rosemary Demond, Russell Joki and Louis Pifher.[3][1]

Election results

Zone 2
West Ada School District,
Zone 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Vuittonet Incumbent 57.3% 318
     Nonpartisan Christine Bitler Whited 42.7% 237
Total Votes 555
Source: Ada County, "Consolidated Election May 19, 2015: Unofficial Results," accessed May 20, 2015 These election results are not official and will be updated when certified results are available. You can submit certified results by contacting us.


School board candidates in this election were not required to file any campaign finance reports, but the election in May 2015 was the last election for which there be no reporting requirements. On April 3, 2015, Gov. Butch Otter (R) signed SB 1072 into law which requires school board candidates in districts with an enrollment of 500 students or more to comply with campaign finance reporting requirements.[4] A majority of Idaho's school districts have an enrollment below this threshold. Of the 149 districts in the state tracked by the National Center for Education Statistics, 74 had an enrollment of 500 or greater in the 2012-2013 school year.[5] The law takes effect on July 1, 2015.


Vuittonet received official endorsements from State Rep. Tom Daley (R-21), State Rep. Steven Harris (R-21) and State Sen. Cliff Bayer (R-21).[6]


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Vuittonet ran in the election in 2012 for Idaho House of Representatives District 21B. He lost against Charles Hoffman, Lori Shewmaker and Tom Dayley in the Republican primary on May 15, 2012. Erin Zaleski ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives District 21B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas E. "Tom" Dayley 34.3% 1,052
Mike Vuittonet 22.9% 703
Lori Shewmaker 22.6% 693
Charles D. Hoffman 20.2% 618
Total Votes 3,066


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2010

Vuittonet was a Republican candidate for District 20 in the Idaho State Senate in the state legislative elections held on November 2, 2010. Vuittonet was defeated by incumbent Shirley McKague in the Republican primary on May 25, 2010.

Idaho State Senate District 20 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShirley McKague 64.4% 2,819
Mike Vuittonet 35.6% 1,558
Total Votes 4,377

What was at stake?


There were three open seats on the West Ada School Board in 2015. Incumbents Mike Vuittonet and Anne Ritter both faced challengers in Zone 2 and Zone 4. Two new members joined the boad.

Ballotpedia Survey Responses

Three of the six candidates in this race participated in Ballotpedia's 2015 survey of school board candidates. The following sections display the responses to the survey questions from Zone 4 incumbent Anne Ritter and Zone 5 challengers Gregory Deitchler and Rosemary Demond.

Top Priorities

When asked what her top priorities would be if elected, Zone 4 incumbent Anne Ritter stated:

Student success is always at the top of my list. It comes in many forms. Student achievement can be measured by increasing test scores, higher graduation rates, increased participation and passage of AP tests, dual enrollment classes, PTE classes, IB, and more AA degrees being conferred at the high school level.

There are also soft skills that matter. Do the students have good work habits? Do they come to school on time? Do they work well with others? Can they communicate effectively both orally and in writing? These skills are the ones that contribute to a successful working life.[9]

—Anne Ritter, (2015)[10]

When asked what his top priorities would be if elected, Zone 5 challenger Gregory Deitchler stated:

1. To use my expertise to help set policy that allows all students get the support needed to excel behaviorally, academically, and personally. Specifically as pertaining to student suspensions and expulsions that the needs of all involved are being met and that the law is being followed as it pertains to the rights and needs of students with disabilities either physical or mental health.

2. To use my communication and conflict resolution skills to help vet and make sure that teacher discipline be just and not just administration agenda and vendetta or reaction to public outcry; that all facts and due process for teachers be given to the benefit of all. 3. That the district be fiscally responsible and that every education dollar be spent to the benefit of educating our youth; that teachers be given the proper training and resources needed to educate in the best way possible for each student individually and to all students collectively.[9]

—Gregory Deitchler, (2015)[11]

When asked what her top priorities would be if elected, Zone 5 challenger Rosemary Demond stated:

Greater transparency and openness to the parents and taxpayers of the district. I would work to bring a greater sense of local control back to the district.[9]

—Rosemary Demond, (2015)[12]

Ranking the issues

The candidates were asked to rank the following issues by importance in the school district, with one being the most important and seven being the least important. This table displays the candidates' rankings:

Issue importance ranking
Issue Ritter's ranking
(Zone 4)
Deitchler's ranking
(Zone 5)
Demond's ranking
(Zone 5)
Expanding arts education
Expanding career-technical education
Balancing or maintaining the district's budget
Improving college readiness
Closing the achievement gap
Improving education for special needs students
Expanding school choice options
Positions on the issues

The candidates were asked to answer 10 multiple choice and short answer questions from Ballotpedia regarding significant issues in education and the school district. A link to the candidates' responses can be found below.

About the district

See also: West Ada School District, Idaho
The West Ada School District is located in Ada County, Idaho.
The West Ada School District is located in southwestern Idaho in Ada County. The county seat is Boise. According to the United States Census Bureau, the county was home to 416,464 residents in 2013.[13] In the 2012-2013 school year, the West Ada School District was the largest school district in Idaho and served 36,838 students.[14]


Ada County outperformed the rest of Idaho in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.0 percent of county residents age 25 and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.1 percent for Idaho as a whole. The median household income in the county was $55,210 compared to $46,767 for the state of Idaho. The poverty rate in Ada County was 13.1 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[13]

Racial Demographics, 2013[13]
Race Ada County (%) Idaho (%)
White 92.5 93.7
Black or African American 1.3 0.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.7
Asian 2.6 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.6 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 11.8

Presidential Voting Pattern,
Ada County[15]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 97,554 77,137
2008 93,328 82,236
2004 94,641 58,523
2000 75,050 40,650

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[16]

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