Emily Sutton Dezio is a mother and wife, an experienced attorney, and a strong community advocate running for District Court Judge in Buncombe County.

Emily was born and raised in these mountains.

A native of Candler and proud graduate of Enka High School, Emily’s family has deep roots right here in the hills of Buncombe County.

After graduating from NC State, Emily worked for an insurance company before deciding to pursue a career in law. She graduated with her J.D. from Vermont Law School and returned home to North Carolina to clerk at the state Supreme Court. In 2004, she entered private practice back home joining her brother and father in a general law practice in Buncombe. In 2012, Emily ventured on her own and opened Emily Sutton Dezio, P.A.

She's got the experience we need.

Emily has significant experience in every aspect of District Court work, primarily focusing on family law. In her 20 years of practice, Emily has appeared in front of over fifty different district court judges, who have helped guide her toward the principles of fair play. Because she started her career as a research assistant and has continued a strong appellate practice, she has also gained invaluable experience correcting errors in justice.

Emily is an active member of Buncombe County Bar and the 28th Judicial District Pro Bono Committee, and she has been recognized as a North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society member every year since 2019. Emily has also served in volunteer positions throughout the community, such as the Vice President of Connect Enka, member of the Enka Middle School Improvement Team and Advisory Board, Buncombe County AIG Parents Council, and Treasurer of the Enka-Candler Business Association.

Emily is the best choice for Buncombe County.

Emily’s significant courtroom experience and understanding of the legal system, combined with her deep roots in our community, puts her in a uniquely strong position to serve Buncombe County. If elected, Emily will apply fair-minded justice using the rule of law, strongly believing that her independence of thought and stubborn honesty will serve our community well. She brings 20 years of experience as a litigating attorney to this role, the duties of which she will fulfill with the seriousness, commitment, and energy it requires.

Emily lives on her farm in Candler with her husband Tony (a Buncombe County School teacher), daughter Etta, family dog Dani, seven goats, five chickens, and a turtle named Shelly.