We all remember when the headlines broke, in 2012, that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had been gunned down and killed by then 28-year-old George Zimmerman, while carrying a can of Arizona iced tea and skittles.
That is the moment that Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton, was thrust into the national spotlight and a life of activism after the unjust shooting of her teenage son.
Sybrina has spent the better part of the last seven years advocating for social justice and putting an end to gun violence.
Fulton is now challenging the city’s mayor of Miami-Dade for a seat on the county commission.
Fulton announced Saturday that she would launch her campaign for the District 1 seat, which will be relinquished in 2020 by the term-limited Commissioner Barbara Jordan.
She stated, “Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer, but the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”
On Monday, Fulton plans to formally announce her bid for the seat. In 2016 she campaigned with Hillary Clinton and she said, she is not anti-gun but promotes gun-control measures that would tighten background checks and restrict private gun sales.
“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,” she said in her statement. “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”