Florida mayor Wayne Messam announces 2020 bid for presidency

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What You Need to Know: Wayne Messam

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Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida, announced Thursday morning that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election.

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Messam, 44, released a video to CNN, in which he tells voters that he is running for president and rails against what he calls a "broken" federal government in Washington, D.C.

"When you have a senior citizen who can't afford her prescription medicine, Washington is broken. 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," Messams said in the video. "Everyday people are graduating from universities with crippling debt stifling their opportunity for financial mobility, that is what's broken with this country."

Miramar is a city of 140,000 people located in southern Broward County near the Miami area. Messam will formally open his campaign Saturday with a rally at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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