Lt. Gov. office hires Watauga native
by Anna Oakes
Foscoe native and recent Appalachian State University graduate Kelsey Crum has been hired as the director of constituent services for the office of Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Forest.
The newly elected state executive, a Republican, announced the selection of three staff members on Friday.
In her new position, Crum, 25, will be responsible for constituent services and community outreach, Forest's office stated.
"This is huge news for me," Crum said by phone Saturday. "I'm just so happy to be able to get my dream starting job."
At ASU, Crum recently served as chairwoman of the College Republicans and chairwoman of the ASU chapter of Young Americans for Romney. Crum coordinated a campaign visit by presidential candidate Mitt Romney's son Tagg to Boone's Dan'l Boone Inn in September 2012.
Crum graduated in December from ASU, where she majored in English and minored in political science. She received an associate's degree from Caldwell Community College before transferring to ASU.
A native of Foscoe, Crum is a 2006 graduate of Watauga High School and the recipient of the Foscoe Christian Church Scholarship, according to Watauga Democrat archives.
Crum served as the Watauga County campaign chair for the Forest campaign, working on the May primary, July primary runoff and November general election. Crum said she admired the "positive" campaign of the Forest camp and tried to encourage positive campaigning amongst the College Republicans.
"I just really liked the atmosphere of the campaign," she said.
Crum said her position will involve routine secretarial work while the office gets up and running, but her role will expand as she helps direct constituents with problems or concerns to the proper government agencies and services. In addition, she will help facilitate public tours of the lieutenant governor's house in Raleigh.
"We want to have a great hospitable atmosphere for the people who come in and visit with Dan Forest," she said.
Forest is scheduled to be sworn in Jan. 7. Crum begins work on Jan. 14.