Trayvon Martin's Mom Sybrina Fulton Runs for Political Office

Sybrina Fulton announces her campaign for Miami-Dade County commissioner.
Sybrina Fulton announces her campaign for Miami-Dade County commissioner. (Getty)

After becoming an activist following her son Trayvon Martin’s death, mom Sybrina Fulton announced she will be running for office in Miami.

Fulton announced over the weekend that she will join the race for Miami-Dade County commissioner.

“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer," she announced in an Instagram post Sunday. "But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission."

Fulton, a native of the area, plans to focus her campaign on gun-violence prevention, according to her campaign manager Willis Howard, as she has advocated since her son’s shooting death in 2012.

She also plans to emphasize economic development and affordable housing, Howard said.

Fulton is running against Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III for the seat, after current District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan reaches her term limit in 2020.

Fulton has worked as a public servant for the last 30 years and teamed up with other family members to create the Trayvon Martin Foundation shortly after his death.

Trayvon was 17 years old when he was fatally shot by former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in February 2012. Trayvon had been visiting his father at the time.

Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder shortly after the shooting and acquitted a year later.

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