Democrat Loranne Ausley wins House District 9

Loranne_Ausley_Official_Headshot23 copy

Democrat Loranne Ausley of Tallahassee has regained the seat she once held in the Florida House, defeating Republican opponent Jim Messer.

Ausley won the race for House District 9 Tuesday night by 56 percent to 44 percent. She had held the seat 2000-08.

The district traditionally swings Democrat: It’s entirely within Leon County, where — as of Election Day — registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 109,815 to 57,407. 

Ausley founded Whole Child Leon, an affiliate of the Lawton Chiles Foundation that focuses on early childhood development.

She also ran unsuccessfully for state CFO against Jeff Atwater in 2010. Ausley is on the record as supporting state worker raises, medical marijuana, and a hike in the minimum wage.

Messer, a personal-injury attorney, is a name partner in the law firm of Fonvielle, Lewis, Foote & Messer, having joined the firm in 1999. He’s also a former Army helicopter pilot.

Ausley, also a lawyer, had consistently outraised him, finishing the money race with total contributions of over $501,000 to Messer’s $148,000. Total expenditures were nearly $458,000 for Ausley and around $143,000 for Messer.

Ausley will replace the term-limited Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, who held the district since Ausley’s departure.

Rehwinkel Vasilinda had been a Democrat who recently dropped her party affiliation and endorsed Donald Trump for president, leading some to speculate she has future political aspirations.

Staff Reports



#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Jesse Scheckner, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704




Sign up for Sunburn


Categories