Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam won his third term in a decisive victory in last month’s Mayoral election. With all precincts reporting, Messam had more than 90% of the vote, with political newcomer Rudy Theophin getting just over 9%.
Messam has a storybook background that is clearly appealing to a large portion of the Miramar electorate. He played wide receiver on the Florida State University football team from 1993 till 1996 and was a member of the 1993 national championship team. He is also a first-generation American. Messam’s parents are both Jamaican immigrants. His father worked as a migrant laborer in sugarcane fields when Messam was a youngster.
Messam’s political endeavors have not all been blowouts. In March 2019 he announced his candidacy for President of the United States. He was a relatively unknown candidate, and his campaign struggled to gain traction.
Messam’s campaign focused on issues such as student debt, gun control, and climate change. He proposed a plan to cancel all student loan debt and called for stronger gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons.
However, Messam’s campaign faced several obstacles. He failed to qualify for any of the Democratic primary debates, which limited his exposure to voters. Additionally, he struggled to raise funds and build a strong campaign infrastructure.
Messam ultimately ended his presidential campaign in November 2019, citing a lack of resources and support.
The municipal elections also officially returned Alexandra Davis to City Commission Seat 4. She was unopposed.