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Ashcroft visit

Pictured (left to right) are front row, Ward II Alderman Deena Ward, Mayor Kelly Korokis, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Missouri State Senator Wayne Wallingford, and Presiding Commissioner Bob Mooney; back row, Ward III Alderman Jim Miller, Clerk of the County Commission Don Firebaugh, District II County Commissioner Larry Kemp, John Bennett, Ward I Alderman Harold Thomas, MPUA Electric Production Engineer Mike Siefert and City Administrator Doug Friend

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft made a stop in Fredericktown, Thursday as part of his travels across the state promoting local libraries, talking with government officials, touring businesses and discussing his office’s Safe at Home program.

Ashcroft began his day in Marble Hill touring the Bollinger County Library. He then made his way to Fredericktown where he met with Madison County and Fredericktown City officials to tour the town.

Fredericktown Mayor Kelly Korokis, Ward I Aldermen Harold Thomas, Ward II Aldermen Deena Ward, Ward II Alderman Jim Miller, City Administrator Doug Friend, Presiding County Commissioner Bob Mooney, Second District Commissioner Larry Kemp, County Clerk Don Firebaugh and Missouri State Senator Wayne Wallingford joined Ashcroft for the tour of Fredericktown Water Plant and the gas turbines.

John Bennett explained to Ashcroft how the improvements to the water plant have helped the community.

Ashcroft was shown the new ultraviolet disinfection system which was installed to meet the drinking water quality standards.

“He wanted to see how we were doing,” Korokis said. “We talked about what we’ve done and what we are planning on doing.”

Fredericktown is unique in that it uses the water from City Lake.

“I think it helps people know we are working to have the best water possible,” Korokis said. “I wanted it to be memorable and want him to want to come back.”

Ashcroft was then taken over to visit the gas turbines where Electric Production Engineer Mike Siefert showed the group what the inside of the turbine looks like and how to start it.

Siefert explained the whole set up can be started remotely from Columbia, Missouri and is only turned on when supply demands it.

Ashcroft, with his background in engineering, jumped at the opportunity to start up one of the turbines, with the help of Wallingford. The whole start up process took approximately 15 minutes. 

After his visit in Fredericktown, Ashcroft made a stop in Perryville to tour TG Missouri and ended his day at the Perry County Courthouse. There he spoke with the Regional Family Crisis Center about his office's Safe at Home program, an address confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, human trafficking or stalking.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at


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