Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the unarmed black teen who was gunned down by a racist in Florida in 2012, is running for public office in Miami-Dade County.
Fulton confirmed her candidacy for a spot on the County Commission yesterday.
“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.”
Ms. Fulton was thrust into the national spotlight after the death of her son, Trayvon Martin, in February of 2012. Propelled by the loss of her son, Ms. Fulton became a fiercely vocal advocate against racism and Florida’s problematic “Stand Your Ground” law that allowed George Zimmerman, her son’s killer to get away with murder legally.
Trayvon’s senseless death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and helped form the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
The foundation, which is a standing testament to Trayvon’s legacy, has launched initiatives to help “empower families and communities through violence prevention, mental health access and awareness and educating children.”
Fulton will be running against the Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for the seat, which is being vacated by Commissioner Barbara Jordan in 2020.