Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has formally announced her candidacy to run for Miami-Dade County Commission.
Fulton launched her campaign on Monday. She's challenging Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for a Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners seat that is up for grabs in 2020 because of term limits.
After many years of service and activism, Fulton hopes to bring her experience to the county commission. She spoke to supporters Monday in Miami Gardens.
"My time as a public servant began 30 years ago at Miami-Dade County. Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer. But the work is not done," said Fulton in a statement that was released Saturday night.
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"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," said Fulton. "I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government."
Fulton's son Trayvon was shot and killed in 2012. The 17-year-old was returning to his father's home after a trip to a convenience store. Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in 2013.
Martin's death sparked national outrage and was the catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement, fueling the ongoing national conversation on systemic racism.