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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft visited Ste. Genevieve June 20, to tour the anticipated site of a new subdivision along Progress Parkway.
Mayor Brian Keim, Ward 3 Alderman Joe Steiger and Josh Wright of The Bedford Group showed Ashcroft where the city hopes to develop a new subdivision, bordering on the Valle Catholic football and baseball complex and Valle Springs Cemetery.
Ashcroft expressed pleasure in seeing the city’s planning.
“I’m an engineer, so I love it when I see people that are planning, not just reacting,” he said. “They’re trying to look down the road to see how to serve the people. Government is supposed to be about public service, creating an environment where we the people can be the best they can be. That’s what I see here. They’re trying to figure out, ‘How can we increase the opportunity for all the people in the city of Ste. Genevieve and the surrounding county.’ And, really, that’s a wonderful thing.”
The son of former US Senator, United States Attorney General and two-term Missouri governor John Ashcroft, he is running for governor in the 2024 Republican primary against Lieutenant governor Mike Kehoe.
Ashcroft, who has visited Ste. Genevieve several times as secretary of state, said he has received a good reception so far, since announcing his candidacy.
“The people of the state have been extremely kind to me, electing ne Secretary of State twice,” he said. “As I go out and talk about my vision for the state, I see people excited about it; I see people wanting to help out. I’m just thrilled. I believe in public service.”
He was encouraged to throw his hat into the US Senate race, which saw former attorney general Eric Schmitt emerges the winner. However, he decided to stay in Missouri politics for the time being.
“I had the opportunity to go to the US Senate,” he said. “ I said, ‘No, I love Missouri. I want to be in Missouri.’ I want to do what I can so my kids and other kids are going to look toward Missouri and mot other places.”