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Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, set to run for Miami-Dade County commissioner


Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, is running to be a Miami-Dade County commissioner. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Trayvon Martin’s mother is running for office.

Sybrina Fulton is set to launch a campaign for Miami-Dade County Commission on Monday.

“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,” Fulton said in a statement released on Saturday.

She will be running for the position in District 1.

“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,” Fulton said. “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”

Fulton’s 17-year-old son, Trayvon, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012 as he walked home from a trip to a nearby convenience store. Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of all charges.

Since Trayvon’s death, Fulton has dedicated her life to advocacy and founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation alongside her son, Jahvaris Fulton, and Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, in an effort to turn their tragedy into positive change.