On Saturday (May 18), she shared her plans for representing District 1 in the Miami-Dade County Country Commission.
“My time as a public servant began 30 years ago at Miami-Dade County. Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer,” Fulton said in an Instagram post Sunday.
Adding, “But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”
According to CNN, the seat Fulton is seeking will be vacant in 2020 after term limits will prevent current District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan from running again. As of now, Fulton’s opponent will be Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III is also running to fill the seat.
Fulton’s campaign manager, Willis Howard, told CNN that Fulton’s history living in Miami and her leadership mantra is exactly what is needed in politics.
“This is where she lives, this is where she grew up, this is where her family lives. All politics is local,” he said. “It’s the type of leadership I think this area has been asking for.”
Howard added that Fulton had been thinking about running for public office for a while.
“I guess she had to wait till it got right with her mind and heart about being more of an advocate and actually being the leadership that you want, and the leadership you wanted,” Howard said.
She plans to run on a platform that focuses on “economic development, attaining more workforce housing and affordable housing and curbing gun violence.”
As we know, in 2012, her son unarmed 17-year-old son Trayvon, was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in a gated community in Sandford, Florida. Zimmerman was later acquitted by a jury for murder.
Fulton wouldn’t be the first of the “Mothers of the Movement” to run for public office in the past year.
In April, Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, ran for city council in Ferguson, but sadly lost her race. While last November, Lucy McBath, Jordan Davis’ mom, beat Republican Rep. Karen Handel in a tight Congressional race in Georgia. Rep. McBath also made history by being the first Democrat in 30 years to win in that seat in the Atlanta suburb.
All we can say is good luck Sybrina! You got this!
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2. Lucy McBath, GeorgiaSource:Getty 2 of 26
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5. Ayana Pressley, MassachusettsSource: 5 of 26
6. Jahana Haynes, ConnecticutSource: 6 of 26
7. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, CaliforniaSource:Getty 7 of 26
8. Adrienne Bell, TexasSource: 8 of 26
9. Ilhan Omar, MinnesotaSource: 9 of 26
10. Cat Brooks, CaliforniaSource: 10 of 26
11. Dr. Vanessa Enoch, Ohio
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For too long we've had representatives who aren't concerned with what we have to say or the issues we care about. I'm fighting to change that by running for Congress.— Vanessa Enoch, Ph.D. (@DrVEnoch) July 27, 2018
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12. Stephany Rose Spaulding, Colorado
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13. Yvonne Hayes Hinson, Florida
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I am proud to announce our banner of endorsements. Thank you to the organizations who endorsed our campaign. @FLAFLCIO @MomsDemand @progressivedemsfl @dwcfl@leap_forward— Florida Representative D20 Yvonne Hinson (@YvonneHinsonFL) September 29, 2018
14. Dee Thorton, Indiana
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This campaign isn't about special interest groups or rigging the rules for a select few. It's about fighting for affordable healthcare, good paying jobs, quality education, and a better future for ALL of us. #VoteThornton #FlinIN05 #GameOn pic.twitter.com/UW7qLfAcCE— Dee Thornton (@DThorntonGO) October 2, 2018
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16. Janice Laws, Georgia
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17. Juliana Stratton, Illinois
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This morning, @JBPritzker and I were joined by Secretary of State @JesseWhite2018, Comptroller @susanamendoza10, and State Sen. @KwameRaoul at an event at Southland Ministerial Health Network in Calumet Park. pic.twitter.com/vkdcV8bHBO— Juliana Stratton (@JulianaforLG) October 17, 2018
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19. Linda Coleman, North Carolina
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ICYMI: Last week, I received the endorsement of the @newsobserver. I am honored to have their endorsement and I appreciate their unwavering commitment to delivering the truth across #NC02 and beyond. #FightingForOurValues #LindaListens pic.twitter.com/yUxVMIX958— Linda Coleman For Congress (@LindaForNC) October 26, 2018
20. Kimberly Fobbs, OklahomaSource: 20 of 26
21. Rosalyn Glenn, South CarolinaSource: 21 of 26
22. Jeannine Lee Lake, Indiana
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One of the biggest reasons ppl don't vote or vote str8 ticket is because they feel they don't understand the candidates. I'll change that! We'll bring Hoosier values to Washington & it starts with bringing #ChangeInTheHeartland— Jeannine Lake (@JeannineLeeLake) October 23, 2018
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23. Miranda Joseph, AlabamaSource: 23 of 26
24. Kiana Maria Sears, ArizonaSource: 24 of 26
25. Cara McClure, Alabama
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#SistasRockTheVote: Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother, Running For Office was originally published on hellobeautiful.com