THE NEWS OR AN EPISODE OF ‘HOUSE OF CARDS’? Clay Aiken’s Challenger for House Dies Suddenly from a Fall

web1_Chriscoe-copy_2Asheboro businessman and congressional candidate, Keith Crisco, 71, died suddenly at his home today.

Information is incomplete; however, early information indicates he suffered injuries from a fall around 1 p.m. at his home on 1263 Thayer Drive in Asheboro. He was reported dead at the scene when emergency workers arrived there.

John Ogburn, Asheboro city manager, confirmed that the Asheboro Police Department and Asheboro Fire Department responded to the scene. He said the case will go to the state medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death.

In a statement from the city, local officials said they were saddened to learn of Crisco’s death. During his time on the Asheboro City Council, from 2003-2009, officials said he consistently demonstrated the intellect and steadfastness that made him so successful.

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“Keith was an excellent leader and public servant,” said Mayor David Smith. “His service to the City of Asheboro and the State of North Carolina serves as a testimony to his love of family, community and our state.”

Crisco had a long history of involvement on Asheboro’s business and local government scene. His impact reached to the state and federal level due to his involvement in industry associations, his tenure as state commerce secretary and, most recently, his run for congressional office.

“He had such a positive energy,” said Bonnie Renfro, Randolph County Economic Development Corp. president. “He was always looking forward asking what can we do next in our city, in our state and at his company. He will be missed.”

Randolph County Manager Richard Wells said it is hard to know where to begin when speaking to Crisco’s impact in the community.

“Economic development, business, the chamber, tourism, the zoo — he was involved in everything,” Wells said.

Jim Meredith, the Randolph County Democratic chair, called Crisco honorable in word and action and a person who lived his belief that those who have been blessed with talents for business and leadership have a duty to use those talents to benefit the whole community.

“In the untimely and tragic death of Keith Crisco, the people of Randolph County and North Carolina have lost a statesman, a leader, a friend and a true public servant,” he said. “Keith was a successful businessman who loved his family and his fellow human beings. To all who knew him, Keith’s life taught volumes about courtesy, friendship and service. We all grieve Keith’s passing, but our thoughts and prayers especially go out to (his wife) Jane and the Crisco family at this sad time.”

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