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Wayne Messam      

Politician & Businessman; Mayor of Miramar, Florida; 2020 Presidential Candidate

Wayne Messam is a politician and businessman. He is mayor of Miramar, Florida, and is a candidate in the 2020 Presidential election.

He learned the values of hard work and pride of community from a young age. His parents immigrated to South Florida from Jamaica with just a 5th grade education, seeking greater opportunity for their family. Messam's father labored for 16 years in the sugar cane fields of the Florida Glades after coming to the United States, and his mom would cook to feed the migrant workers.

Thanks to the opportunity this country provided for his family, the support of his parents and mentors, and lots of time and effort in class and on the field, Messam earned a full football scholarship to Florida State University, where he started at wide receiver and was a member of the 1993 National Championship team.

After his NFL dreams were cut short, Messam and his wife Angela built one of the fastest-growing, minority-owned construction businesses in the country and their projects in the educational and non-profit space have garnered national recognition, including from the U.S. Green Building Council for building one of the greenest schools in the Southeast United States.

Messam then went into public service, first as a city commissioner, then rising to serve as a two-term mayor of Miramar—one of Florida’s most diverse cities.

Today, Miramar ranks as one of the fastest-growing city economies in the country. They actively foster innovation and development, from starting an aviation expo and tech camps to expose young people to the tools that can solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

Messam and his college sweetheart, business partner, and better half Angela have been married for more than 20 years as they've built their lives in Miramar and raised their kids. Their three children, Wayne II and twin daughters Kayla and Kyla, attend college in South Florida.

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