Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen who was shot dead in Florida in 2012, announced that she is running for local office in Miami.
Fulton, who is running for the post of Miami-Dade County Commissioner, made the announcement in front of a small crowd at the Miami Gardens shopping plaza on Monday (May 20).
Fulton described herself as a political outsider who was dedicated to making the community safer, emphasizing that prior to her son being shot and killed she had worked with Miami Dade County for over 24-years.
“I have experience with Miami Dade County service as an employee, as a union worker; I joined the union when I first started working for Miami-Dade County and continued my union membership throughout my tenure,” said Fulton.
In her address, Fulton highlighted her educational background, which boasts a Bachelor’s degree in English, along with other skills that she thought qualified her for the role.
“Some of the things that I think would make me qualified for this position is my leadership skills. I am an organized person, I am respectable person, I am very honest, I am a relatable person,” said Fulton.
Fulton further told her audience that if they were looking for change; she is the right candidate.
“If you want some type of change- you want a person with passion — you want a person with purpose — I suggest you vote for Sabrina Fulton,” added Fulton.
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by volunteer neighborhood watch person George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was later cleared of any wrongdoing on the grounds of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which sparked national protests and prompted the start of the Black Lives Matter movement.