Trayvon Martin's Mom Makes a Big Announcement

Sybrina Fulton plans to enter Florida politics
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2019 2:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Trayvon Martin's mother is running for political office, the Miami Herald reports. Sybrina Fulton—whose son was infamously shot dead by a neighborhood crime watch captain in 2012—plans to officially announce Monday that she's running for the Miami-Dade 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," she says. "I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government."

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Fulton has already campaigned for Hillary Clinton, advocated for gun-control measures, and helped found the non-profit Trayvon Martin Foundation to increase awareness of gun violence, per Rolling Stone. In May, she told Essence that her son's shooting sparked her activist spirit: "Prior to this, I was just an average mom working an average job living in an average house, taking care of average kids," she said. "It took my son to be shot down before I stood up, because I never expected to be a community activist, to be a spokesperson, to be an author." (Read more Trayvon Martin stories.)

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