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February 11th, 2023

Raleigh, NC – Today, North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Valerie Zachary announced her candidacy for reelection.​“For the past seven years, it has been my privilege to serve the people of North Carolina, and I want to continue that service. My record is one of consistently applying the constitution to the facts of a case and not one of judicial activism from the bench,” stated Judge Zachary. “I look forward to campaigning across our great state and reconnecting with the wonderful people of North Carolina.”Judge Zachary was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2015 by Governor Pat McCrory. She was elected to a full eight-year term on the Court of Appeals in 2016. Judge Zachary graduated from Harvard Law School and received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. She resides in Yadkin County with her husband, Lee Zachary, a former North Carolina House of Representatives member. For more information contact Judge Zachary at



Putting the Law First

Judge Valerie J. Zachary hails from Yadkin County and is married to former Representative Lee Zachary. They have three adult daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.​ Judge Zachary has long been an active, contributing member of her local Yadkin County community and the United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities.​


Judge Zachary received her Juris Doctor cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1987. In 1984, Judge Zachary graduated from Michigan State University, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Multidisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in French, Economics, and Political Science.

While at Harvard Law School, Judge Zachary was employed as a research assistant by Professor Laurence H. Tribe, assisting in reviewing and revising the second edition of Professor Tribe’s treatise American Constitutional Law. She also critiqued briefs for the Ames Moot Court Competition and served as a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and the Women’s Law Association.

Upon graduating from law school in 1987, Judge Zachary joined the litigation team of the Charlotte firm Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman (now K & L Gates). In 1989, Judge Zachary returned to Yadkin County to marry her husband, Lee Zachary, and to join his general practice firm.


Judge Zachary practiced law for 26 years at Zachary Law Offices in Yadkinville, where she was a partner. In 2015, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Judge Zachary to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Following a statewide race, North Carolina voters elected Judge Zachary to an eight-year term in 2016. During her time on the court, Judge Zachary has proven to be a conservative judge committed to upholding North Carolina's Constitution.


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