Crisp draws crowds, raises $25,000 in run for register of deeds

Register of Deeds candidate Phyllis Crisp says she’s been overwhelmed by the support she’s getting from residents interested in her campaign.

After four receptions in September and October, the veteran Register of Deeds office employee has raised more than $25,000 for her run for the office.

The first reception was held Sept. 17 and hosted by Leslie and Lorretta Cate and Mark and Jane Russell. On Oct 15, Mike and Tara Rasher hosted a reception. On Oct. 25, Steve Jones and Ronnie Kincaid hosted a reception at Waterfront Restaurant. Jane Chambers and the Committee to Elect Phyllis Crisp hosted a reception at Smithview Pavilion on Oct. 29.

“The last two receptions went great,” said Crisp. “We had a great turnout. I’ve gotten a lot of good support. Everybody seems to be excited with me having the experience I have. I am just amazed at the outpouring of support I’ve had.”

Crisp said she staying humble in her approach and asking for people’s votes even when friends reassure her they were voting for her anyway. “You don’t want to take it for granted.”

The candidate said the campaign has raised more than $25,000. “I was a little bit worried with the economy the way it is and with people struggling the way they are today, but people have been so gracious in giving to my campaign,” she said. “They have gone above and beyond. It’s very humbling that people care enough to support me.”

Crisp said she appreciated the people who have volunteered to hold receptions for her. “Normally people are looking for someone to host a reception. Several have offered to do the neighbor receptions,” she said. “I have to give kudos to my committee. They’ve really worked hard on getting these things together.”

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