Sybrina Fulton, the mother of late Trayvon Martin, is running for office in Florida.
Fulton has advocated against gun violence after her unarmed 17-year-old son was fatally shot by then-neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012. Martin’s death helped launch the Black Lives Matter movement and sparked a national discussion about long-existing racism in America.
She confirmed on Saturday that she would be launching a bid for the Miami-Dade County Commission.
“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer,” she told The Miami Herald. “But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”
“Our county must continue moving forward so our families are safe from violence, can afford to live in Miami-Dade, and have access to good paying jobs,” she continued. “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”
Fulton is set to run against the Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for the county commission seat that is being vacated by Commissioner Barbara Jordan in 2020.
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