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Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, to run for office in Miami

Posted: 2:07 PM, May 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-19 16:07:46-04

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY -= The mother of  Trayvon Martin  says she is running for Miami-Dade County Commissioner,  CBS Miami reports . Sybrina Fulton will launch her campaign for the District 1 seat Monday afternoon.

Fulton co-founded the Miami Gardens-based  Trayvon Martin Foundation  following her son’s deadly encounter with  George Zimmerman  in 2012.

Fulton says since her son’s death, she has advocated making South Florida communities safer.

Some of the other issues she wants to take on include affordable living and wages.

“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, per  The Miami Herald . “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”

Fulton will challenge Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for the seat that’s up for grabs in 2020 because of term limits, The Associated Press points out.