Days after launching White House bid, Florida mayor heading to Israel
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Days after launching White House bid, Florida mayor heading to Israel

Wayne Messam, considered a long shot for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, to visit Israel and West Bank next week

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam speaks to the media on March 13, 2017. (screen capture: WPLG Local 10)
Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam speaks to the media on March 13, 2017. (screen capture: WPLG Local 10)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Wayne Messam, the mayor of a small city in Florida’s south who is the latest to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, is traveling to Israel and the West Bank.

Messam, the mayor of Miramar, will meet next week with Israeli officials, Knesset members, human rights NGOs, Palestinian leaders and settlers. The announcement of his trip Friday comes just two days after he announced his candidacy.

Messam, who just completed a term as president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, is a long shot, but he is not the only mayor of a small town among the 15 or so contenders for the Democratic nod.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is also running; according to the 2010 census, South Bend had a population of just over 100,000, while Miramar’s was about 120,000.

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