I was born in Pahokee, as the last of five children of Jamaican immigrants. And, with the exception of thirteen years of college and corporate career, I have been a lifelong Muck-Stepper.
When I say I am a Muck-Stepper, I have been impacted and influenced by every city in the Muck. Born in Pahokee, grew up in South Bay, attended school at Rosenwald Elementary, Gove Elementary, Canal Point Elementary, Lake Shore Middle, Glades Central High, and now a proud active resident of the City of Belle Glade for the past 5 years.
As a first-generation American, my parents instilled in me the importance of faith, family, and working hard to achieve your dreams. Putting people first is by far the greatest quality my parents instilled into me and my siblings.
I was very active growing up with involvement in youth sports (football, basketball, baseball, and track) and the arts played a key role in my development playing the trombone in the band and singing in youth choirs.
As a standout student-athlete, I graduated number four in my class with high honors and I was a starting wide receiver for the Back-2-Back State Champs, Glades Central Raiders football team ('98 & '99), and a member of the State Champion Track & Field Team ('99).
A defining moment in my life was being challenged by my 10th-grade gifted teacher. She challenged me to go off to college, experience the world, learn as much as I can from people and places, and in 10 years come back home and pour back into the community.
When I left for college on a full athletic scholarship to Central Michigan University (CMU), I knew that I would come back home to live and serve. I served as Vice President of the Rho Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., started the Black Student Union at CMU, and lead the successful petition to add a minor degree program in African American Studies. I graduated from CMU in three and a half years, one of the first male student-athletes to do so, with my bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
I have served in multiple leadership roles in the Pharmaceutical Sales industry, working for multiple fortune 500 companies (Merck, Schering-Plough & Bayer) and Construction Management (Messam Construction) industry which include: Associate Director of Sales, Executive Professional Development Trainer, and Senior Vice President of Business Development. My current role as a Business Development executive for Messam Construction has provided me with the opportunity to advocate for small and minority companies and local workers to participate in some of the iconic projects in the county: Glade View Elementary, Gove Elementary, and the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (Spring training home of both the Houston Astros 17’ and Washington Nationals 19’ World Series Champions).
I am married to my beautiful and talented high school sweetheart, Lomiekia (Lo’), and we have a charming and super-smart son, Noah. Since returning home, I have relentlessly pursued the challenge of pouring back into my community. Being actively involved as a Wood Badge Scout Leader for Pack 605, conducting leadership training in various local schools as a certified John C. Maxwell trainer, advocating with the “Stop the Burn, Go Green Harvest” campaign to provide more jobs and better quality of life for our residents. I also labor as a servant leader, pastoring a local church.
I want to be City Commissioner.
Since accepting that challenge in the 10th grade, I have been committed to the idea that I want to serve Belle Glade in the most meaningful way possible. I want to be a bridge that connects our past successes to our future achievements, connecting our older generation to the next generation. I want to work with and serve alongside our residents in making Belle Glade a place worthy of her amazing People, Culture, Natural Resources, and Potential.
To accomplish this, we need Bold New Leadership for a New Day — leadership with Vision, with Integrity, with Engagement. I am asking you to vote for me, Steve Messam for the City of Belle Glade, Commission Seat C. Putting People First! I hope you will join me.
The City of Belle Glade is a diverse, resilient, and resourceful community. Her soil is her fortune but her people are her true treasures. Her people are what makes Belle Glade the sweetest place in Palm Beach County. Her people deserve more. Her people deserve opportunities to Grow, Play, and Live.
As Belle Glade charts a course into a future of innovation and progress, she needs Bold Leadership for a New Day, which is why I believe these four pillars of my platform will provide solutions to make Belle Glade a place worthy of her amazing People, Culture, Natural Resources, and Potential.
Provide rehabilitation, maintenance, and redevelopment of properties and parks in our communities. Encourage housing development to provide safe and desirable housing options for our residents.
Create shared space(s) for residents to start and grow businesses through the Muckcity Incubator. Recruit developers and companies through public-private partnerships that will create jobs. Maximize our natural resources to create tourism opportunities with joint programs with the County.
Maximize the use of existing facilities by creating recreational and sports activities for youth to develop their sportsmanship, character, and physical fitness. Invest in programming to help with mentoring and academic performance. Collaborate with youth-focused organizations to foster the holistic development of our youth.
The Belle Glade C.A.R.E.S. initiative will improve the relationship between city officials/staff and the community. Open, consistent, and transparent communication of city dealings. Increased awareness of residents & businesses community needs by having reoccurring community workshops and town halls. Distribution of resources to our most vulnerable neighbors and businesses in need. Empower staff to provide solutions to address community needs and empower neighborhoods to provide ideas/solutions to improve the community. The city adds value to the community best by serving her well which is achieved by providing excellent services for our residents, business community, and visitors.
Provide opportunities for citizens to understand city government by allowing them to come in and learn, meet with department heads. Celebrate our community’s diverse heritage by establishing city-sponsored multicultural festivals/events to educate, honor, and connect.
In these trying times, Belle Glade can not settle with the status quo of business as usual. We have great opportunities, but we also have challenging obstacles still to overcome. To accomplish this, we need Bold New Leadership for a New Day — leadership with Vision, with Integrity, with Energy. We need leadership that truly C.A.R.E.S. about people, our city, and its future.
With your help and support, and that of concerned and engaged citizens throughout Belle Glade, I want to be your City Commissioner.
I hope you will join me.
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617 SW 10th St
Belle Glade, Florida