Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin, is running for office in Miami.
Fulton, who since her son’s death seven years ago has turned her grief into political activism to stem violence and give hope to others, on Saturday announced her decision to run for Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners.
“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer,” Fulton said in a statement. “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. I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”
If elected, Fulton wants to use her platform to promote gun control through more thorough background checks and limiting private gun sales.
Her son Trayvon, 17, was fatally shot in 2012 after he was confronted by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed block captain, in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was later acquitted after claiming self-defense.