A South Florida mayor has officially announced his bid for the presidency.
Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar and a former Florida State football player, announced his plans in a video Thursday ahead of a planned event in Florida Saturday.
Messam is a 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.
“The promise of America belongs to all of us,” he said in his announcement video. “That’s why I’m going to be running for president.”
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Before politics, Messam started a construction company. In 2011, he was elected to the Miramar City Commission. And in 2015, he was elected mayor, leading the city of 140,000 people.
But despite his accomplishments in Miramar, Messam is a largely unknown figure in the Democratic party and likely will face a tough battle against the more than a dozen Democrats already in the race — many of whom are well established political entities and prominent figures recognized around the country. The battle for the Democratic nomination already includes several senators and current or former governors. There’s also speculation former Vice President Joe Biden could enter the race.