Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam takes first legal step toward presidential candidacy

In a move that signals how seriously Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is about running for the 2020 presidential nomination, he is seeking formal guidance from the Florida Division of Elections about a key state law.

In a letter to the Elections Division obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, one of the state’s most prominent election lawyers is asking for an advisory opinion on Messam’s behalf about the state law that requires elected officials to resign from their current offices when they qualify as candidates for different offices.

Mark Herron, the attorney, stated in the letter that he was making the request “on behalf of Wayne Messam, who is contemplating becoming a candidate for the office of president of the United States.”

Besides making the legal inquiry, Messam has spoken recently with activists, potential donors, former athletes and elected officials. He recently spoke with the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.

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