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Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, running for Miami-Dade Commission

She’s running against Oliver Gilbert for open District 1 seat.

He mother of Trayvon Martin will run for office in Miami-Dade County.

Sybrina Fulton told multiple media outlets in Miami she will run for Miami-Dade County Commission. She plans to file for a District 1 seat on Monday, according to NBC 6 South Florida.

“My time as a public servant began 30 years ago at Miami-Dade County,” she said in a statement. “Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer. But the work is not done.”

In 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon died in Sanford while visiting his father. He ended up in a confrontation with George Zimmerman, who fatally shot him. More than a year later, Zimmerman was acquitted based on Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.

The case further ignited controversy over the self-defense provisions and sparked the national Black Lives Matter movement.

Fulton since her son’s death became heavily involved in social justice politics. Now she plans to bring her organizing back home.

“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 in her statement. “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert already kicked off his own campaign and raised more than $268,000 toward the run.

Incumbent Barbara Jordan cannot seek re-election due to term limits. Jordan and Gilbert have been long-time political allies.

After her son’s death, Fulton founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation, based in Miami Gardens.

She also became increasingly active politically.

She appeared at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as part of the “Mothers of the Movement” while supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

Fulton also traveled the state calling for gun control measures. And she has spoken out with other families connected to cases involving Stand Your Ground.

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Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

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