Wayne Messam was re-elected in November to his second four-year term as mayor of the City of Miramar in Broward County. Four months later, he’s running for U.S. president. Watch his announcement video below.
The 44-year-old construction company owner grew up in South Bay, the little agricultural town out in the Glades area of Palm Beach County. His parents emigrated from Jamaica—his father cut sugar cane before becoming a farm mechanic while mom was a cook and housekeeper. He starred as a wide receiver at Glades Central High School, then did the same at Florida State where he was a member of the storied 1993 national championship team. He graduated with a degree in management information systems and later, with his wife, started Messam Construction.
“Washington,” he says in the video, “is broken.”
He favors universal health care, student loan forgiveness, infrastructure improvements, working to alleviate climate change and focusing education toward a high-tech future. To pay for it, he would repeal the current president’s tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. He would also ban military-style rifles and tighten background checks for gun purchases.
Learn more about him here on his campaign website, which is titled ‘Change Can’t Wait.’ There are now 17 people running for president on the Democratic ticket and the Democratic National Committee will host the first presidential debates of the 2020 election in Miami June 26-27. Will Mayor Messam be there?