Restoring the American Dream: An Interview with Presidential Candidate Wayne Messam

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Wayne Messam, mayor of Miramar, Fla., holds a town hall on Monday, April 29, 2019, at Fox Brewing in West Des Moines (Kelsey Kremer/The Register via Reuters).

So far, 22 candidates (and counting) are running for the Democratic presidential nomination. With such a crowded field, and with media pressure to cash in on the horse race, the actual substance of each candidate’s platform is easily lost or ignored.

Wayne Messam is a candidates whose policy platform may have more to offer than indicated by his struggle to be listed in national polls. He became the first Black mayor of Miramar, Florida in 2015 and captured over 86 percent of the total votes in his March re-election. Messam is the son of Black immigrants serving as mayor of a Black (44.2 percent) and Brown city in a region and state on the front lines of gun and police violence,…

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