Wayne Messam

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Wayne Messam
Mayor Messam.jpg
10th Mayor of Miramar
Assumed office
April 1, 2015
Preceded byLori Cohen Moseley
Member of the Miramar City Commission from the 4th district
In office
April 1, 2011 – April 1, 2015
Preceded byYvonne Garth
Succeeded byDarlene B. Riggs
Personal details
Wayne Martin Messam

(1974-06-07) June 7, 1974 (age 44)
South Bay, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Angela Messam
EducationFlorida State University
WebsiteOfficial website

Football career
No. 89
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Glades Central High School
College:Florida State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Wayne Martin Messam (born June 7, 1974)[1] is an American 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. Messam is in the exploratory phase of a candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Messam's parents were born in Jamaica. He is the fourth of five children, and the first to be born and raised in the United States. His father cut sugarcane.[3] He was raised in South Bay, Florida,[4] and attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida.[5]

Messam attended Florida State University, where he played as a wide receiver for the Florida State Seminoles from 1993 through 1996. He caught 62 passes for 793 yards and four touchdowns as a Seminole.[6] Messam was a member of the 1993 national championship team.[4] He graduated from Florida State in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems.[7] He started his own construction company in 2007.[8]


Messam 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.[9][10] He won re-election on March 12, 2019.[11]

Messam serves as president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.[7] 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."[12][13] On March 13, 2019, he announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a potential run.[2] He will make an announcement on March 30, 2019 regarding his candidacy.[11]

Electoral history[edit]

Miramar City Commission District 4, 2011[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Wayne M. Messam 1,120 37.69
Non-partisan Yvette Holt 1,087 36.57
Non-partisan Joe Romero 548 18.44
Non-partisan John J. Murphy Jr. 217 7.30
Miramar Mayor, 2015[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
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
Miramar Mayor, 2019[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Wayne M. Messam (incumbent) 5,847 86.05
Non-partisan Josue Larose 948 13.95


  1. ^ "Florida voters, Messam, Wayne Martin thru Messana, Ruth M." flvoters.com. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  2. ^ a b "Little-known Florida mayor to announce 2020 exploratory committee". CNN. March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Miramar's mayor and son of cane cutter firmly in Jamaica's corner". Jamaica Observer. October 1, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam mulls 2020 presidential campaign". Miami Herald. January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Through the years: South Florida to FSU pipeline". 247sports.com. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Former 'Nole Wayne Messam elected mayor in Miramar". 247sports.com. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Mayor Wayne M. Messam". City of Miramar. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Miramar's Messam one of the many in that city with home in foreclosure". Sun Sentinel. March 22, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  9. ^ Ferrante, Bob. "Former 'Nole Wayne Messam elected mayor in Miramar". Noles 24/7. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Ballou, Brian. "Miramar ex-commissioner defeats incumbent mayor who was seeking historic fifth term". South Florida SunSentinel. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Anthony Man (March 18, 2019). "Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, readying presidential campaign, sets date for 'historic announcement'". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  12. ^ Smiley, David. "Can anyone be president in 2020? This South Florida mayor may run and find out". Miami Herald. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  13. ^ @waynemessam (February 4, 2019). "My wife Angela and I count it a blessing that the great record of the city of Miramar would even place us in this conversation. When it comes to being an ambassador for the city, I have always said that all options will remain on the table" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ a b c "Election Results". www.browardsoe.org.