Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Fla., and a former Florida State football player, has officially announced his bid for the presidency.
“The promise of America belongs to all of us,” he said in his announcement video ahead of a planned event in Florida Saturday. “That’s why I’m going to be running for president.”
Messam is the first African-American mayor of Miramar, a city near Miami, and first-generation American. His parents immigrated from Jamaica and moved to Florida, where he was born. Messam was a starting wide receiver and member of Florida State University’s 1993 national championship football team. He and his wife, Angela, founded a general contracting company that specializes in energy-efficient projects.
“When you have a senior citizen who can’t afford her prescription medicine, Washington is broken. When our scientists are telling us if we don’t make drastic changes today, the quality of our air will be in peril, Washington is broken,” Messam says in the video. “Everyday people are graduating from universities with crippling debt stifling their opportunity for financial mobility, that is what’s broken with this country.”
“America belongs to all of us. The promise of America belongs to all of us,” he added. “That’s why I’m going to be running for president. To be your champion.”