The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


May 12, 2014

North Carolinians Mourn Loss of Democratic Candidate, Civil Servant

Crisco was Stanly County native

Monday, May 12, 2014 — The following release is from the North Carolina Democratic Party. The SNAP will post a localized story soon.


This afternoon Keith Crisco, Democratic candidate for the Second Congressional District, passed away around 1 p.m. in his home in Asheboro.  Crisco was an Asheboro businessman, a former Asheboro City Council member, Asheboro City Schools Board of Education member, and former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  He was also accomplished in the private sector, as president of Stedman Elastics based in Asheboro, and later as one of the founders of Asheboro Elastics Company.


At the time of his death, Crisco was in a competitive race with Clay Aiken for the Congress District 2 seat. A recount was anticipated, with the two candidates separated by only a few hundred votes.


“I got to know Secretary Crisco when Governor Perdue appointed him to be her Secretary of Commerce” said Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller.

“Keith was a brilliant problem solver who liked to make good, solid public policy. He would have made a great Congressman and I know he felt strongly that the Second Congressional District needed new leadership in Washington. The Democratic family and North Carolina has lost a strong leader and our condolences go out to the Crisco family and community.”


Crisco is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane, and his three children and six grandchildren.

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