Wayne Messam, the Democratic mayor of Miramar, Florida, launched his bid for the presidency in 2020 Thursday morning.
“America belongs to all of us. The promise of America belongs to all of us. That’s why I’m going to be running for president. To be your champion,” Messam says in a video announcing his candidacy.
“The problem in America as I see it is that we are not addressing these high-stake problems that we must deal with today. When you have a senior citizen who can’t afford her prescription medicine, Washington is broken,” he said.
“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,” he continued. “Everyday people are graduating from universities with crippling debt, stifling they opportunity for financial mobility. That is what’s broken with this country.”
Messam notes in the video that his parents came to the U.S. from Jamaica and that he started a construction business in Florida with his wife. He’s also the first African-American mayor of Miramar.
Messam is jumping into a crowded primary field that already includes one other current mayor, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. The field also includes two ex-mayors in Sen. Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, N.J., and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro