Yadkinville resident Lee Zachary beat out opponent Dwight Shook of Taylorsville in the Republican primary for the State House of Representatives, District 73, which includes Yadkin, Wilkes and Alexander counties. Zachary claimed 5,724 votes and Shook received 3,187 votes.
“I am looking forward to speaking with as many of the residents of this district as possible and I would be honored to represent their interests in Raleigh,” Zachary said in a prior interview.
Zachary is a lifelong resident of Yadkinville and has practiced law for 38 years. He is president of the 23rd Judicial District Bar and also has served as past president of the District Bar, president of the Yadkin County Bar and the N.C. Bar Association Small Firm and General Practice Council. Zachary is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the U.S. Navy on a minesweeper.
Zachary said he has been “an active conservative Republican all of his life with a long history of service.” He served as the Northwest N.C. chair for George H.W. Bush for President and as an appointee of Gov. James Martin to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Locally, Zachary has served as mayor of Yadkinville, town commissioner and local precinct chair.
“Having spent my life here, I am well familiar with the people, problems, assets and needs of this district,” Zachary said. “In particular, I am interested in working to promote job growth in this district, which has missed out on the growth experienced by some of our neighboring counties and in supporting our educators in their efforts to prepare our children to prosper in this new economy.”
Zachary said he feels that his prior experiences will help him be an effective legislator in Raleigh.
“Lawyers use their knowledge of the law and facts to help to solve their clients’ problems, just as a legislator uses or creates laws to solve the people’s problems. I have the skills to do this well,” he said. “I feel well prepared to make our concerns known in Raleigh and it would be my privilege to do so.”
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