Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, is running for office.
“It became clear to me there’s an opportunity to turn out family’s tragedy into something positive for many other families,” she said. “It took my son being shot down in order for me to stand up but I’m standing now.”
Fulton announced her bid for Miami-Dade County Commissioner. The commissioner represents roughly 200,000 residents in District 1 on civic issues from public safety to affordable living and wages.
“I am an unwilling participant in this movement but I will do everything I can to focus some of this light on the pain of a path out of the darkness,” she stated at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Fulton co-founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation in 2012 after her unarmed son was fatally shot by a man on neighborhood watch. The gunman, George Zimmerman, was acquitted in 2013.
Fulton has at least two decades of county government experience and has publicly supported sensible gun reform. She joins other mothers of gun violence victims running for office. Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, ran for city council in Ferguson Missouri but lost. Congresswoman Lucy McBath, mother of late Jordan Davis took office in Georgia’s House in early 2019.