Wayne Martin Messam (born June 7, 1974) is an American former football player, businessman, and politician serving as the mayor of Miramar, Florida, a position he has held since 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected to the Miramar City Commission in 2011 before defeating incumbent mayor Lori Cohen Moseley in the 2015 election. Messam is also a general contractor and owner of a construction firm.
|10th Mayor of Miramar|
|Assumed office |
April 1, 2015
|Preceded by||Lori Cohen Moseley|
|Member of the Miramar City Commission|
from the 4th district
April 1, 2011 – April 1, 2015
|Preceded by||Yvonne Garth|
|Succeeded by||Darlene Riggs|
Wayne Martin Messam
June 7, 1974
South Bay, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Florida State University (BS)|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||208 lb (94 kg)|
|High school:||Glades Central High School|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
Messam ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election. He officially launched his campaign on March 28, 2019. He suspended his presidential campaign on November 20, 2019, having failed to qualify for any of the Democratic debates.
Early life, education, and footballEdit
Messam's parents, Delsey and Hubert, were born in Jamaica, where his father cut sugarcane. Messam is the fourth of five children, and the first to be born in the United States. He was born and raised in South Bay, Florida, and attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida.
Messam attended Florida State University, where he played as a wide receiver for the Florida State Seminoles from 1993 through 1996. Messam was a member of the 1993 national championship team and caught 62 passes for 793 yards and four touchdowns during his college football career as a Seminole. He graduated from Florida State in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems.
Messam started a construction company in 2007. He was first elected to the City Commission of Miramar, Florida in 2011, and was elected as the city's mayor in 2015, defeating incumbent Lori Cohen Moseley and former vice mayor Alexandra Davis with 38.5% of the vote after vacating his commission seat. He won re-election on March 12, 2019.
Messam serves as president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
2020 presidential campaignEdit
In early 2019, some sources indicated that he was considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, which he neither confirmed nor denied, stating that "all options will remain on the table." On March 13, 2019, he announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a potential run. He formally announced his candidacy on March 28, 2019.
His campaign received $43,531 in campaign donations in the first quarter of 2019. In April, he was accused of failing to pay his staff. On June 28, he told Fortune Magazine that lack of money had kept his campaign from receiving national attention.
Messam's third quarter fundraising report initially declared that he had received only $5 in income, and had spent $0. Messam claimed that the low amounts were attributable to a "computer glitch". Messam later corrected these amounts to state that he had received $15,312 in income and spent $10,678 during the third quarter.
|Non-partisan||Wayne M. Messam||1,120||37.69|
|Non-partisan||John J. Murphy Jr.||217||7.30|
|Non-partisan||Wayne M. Messam||2,756||38.48|
|Non-partisan||Lori Cohen Moseley (incumbent)||2,443||34.11|
|Non-partisan||Alexandra P. Davis||1,964||27.42|
|Non-partisan||Wayne M. Messam (incumbent)||5,847||86.05|
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