Jim Messer

From the local soil and water conservation district to the U.S. House of Representatives, candidates vowed to protect the environment at a recent forum at Tallahassee City Hall. 

The aroma of artisan coffee clings to the air as local businessmen and women in chinos, and oystermen and women in blue jeans and T-shirts, stare intently at power point projection.

Fonville, Lewis, Foote & Messer law firm

Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission has approved increasing the number of allowable toxins in rivers and streams. This proposal allows the number of chemicals in drinking water to increase from 54 to 92. But Jim Messer - the lone Republican in the race for Florida House District Nine - has some reservations on the vote.

Local Attorney Jim Messer is running to represent Tallahassee in House District Nine. Messer wants to succeed Democratic Representative Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda, who is term-limited next year.