Two candidates will be on the Republican primary ballot next month for the open seat in the state House of Representatives for District 73, which includes Yadkin, Wilkes and Alexander counties. Incumbent Rep. Mark Hollo announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election.
There were no filings on the Democrat ticket for the open seat. Early one-stop voting will begin on April 24 and Election Day is May 6.
The candidates on the Republican ballot for District 73 House of Representatives are local attorney Lee Zachary and Dwight Shook of Taylorsville.
“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.
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. I would appreciate the voters’ support on May 6.”
Dwight Shook is a business consultant and an adjunct business professor at Montreat College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Mitchell Community College and Catawba Valley Community College.
He is a past secretary and chairman of Alexander County GOP and is serving as vice chair of the Alexander County Board of Health and a member of the Future Forward Economic Alliance. He is also a past chair and member of the WPCOG Sister Cities Association and was appointed to the N.C. Agricultural Finance Authority by Gov. Pat McCrory in 2013.
Shook also plays bass in his church choir and is the Sunday school superintendent.
“As a business professor and consultant, I see outward migration of our younger citizens as a major concern,” Shook said. “Young people leave our area to go to college. Many of them then find that there are few job opportunities for them at home when they graduate. Other young people start jobs and families only to be laid off. These young people have to uproot their families and move to wherever there are more opportunities. We need to address this issue by improving economic opportunity in House District 73. We need to continue working on improving the economic climate of the entire state. I would also like to see us focus more on encouraging local citizens to start their own business. Given my current profession, I am also concerned with education. We need to make sure that students graduate and are graduating with an adequate knowledge of the basics of education.”
Shook said he is “a conservative Republican who believes in faith, family and freedom.”
“If elected, I will do my best to uphold and defend the conservative values of House District 73. Just like our current representative, I will focus on the needs of all of House District 73,” Shook said.
Zachary will speak briefly at the Candidate Forum hosted by the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce on April 22 at the Yadkin County Courthouse.
Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.