Miramar, Florida mayor announces Democratic presidential bid
MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Unless you are a Florida State University football fan, chances are you have never heard of newest Democratic candidate for present.
Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida, announced Thursday he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, believing his story will resonate with voters in key states.
Messam is the son of Jamaican immigrants. His dad cut sugar cane near Lake Okeechobee.
Messam played for the Seminoles in the 1990s and starred in the 1996 Orange Bowl. Now 44, he owns a construction company and has served as the Fort Lauderdale suburb’s mayor for four years.
His positions are liberal. He wants universal health care, student loan forgiveness, infrastructure improvements, and to focus education toward a high-tech future. He would ban military-style rifles.