South Florida Mayor Enters Presidential Race
A South Florida Mayor has just thrown his hat in the 2020 ring. Wayne Messam, the first Black Mayor of Miramar -- a town of 140,000 people -- said in a video released this morning that he’s running for president. His campaign slogan is “Wayne for America.” The 44-year-old son of Jamaican immigrants is the second Mayor to enter the race. South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg kicked off his campaign earlier this year and has been well received by some in the media. And Julián Castrois the former Mayor of San Antonio, TX, and Cory Booker is the former Mayor of Newark, NJ. Messam traveled to South Carolina earlier this month as part of his 2020 exploration, and plans to travel back to South Carolina and make a trip to Nevada in the coming weeks. The Florida State University graduate, who also was a wide receiver there, is planning to lean on fellow athletes to help him fundraise, including former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor and Journeyman fullback Zack Crockett. Messam’s first interview after announcing was on CNN’s New Day, where he talked about his upbringing and being an underdog in a crowded field. "I see it to be a unique opportunity for Americans to look at another option of leadership," he said. "Americans see mayors favorably. We are at the front line of what Americans are dealing with every day.” He is progressive on guns, immigration, and the environment, and he supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Messam currently owns a construction company with his wife and was the 2018 President of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. He picked today to release the video because it is the anniversary of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final march with sanitation workers in Memphis before his assassination. Messam will formally kick off the campaign on Saturday, with a rally at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. Watch the launch video here.