Touting advocacy and county experience, Trayvon Martin’s mom launches commission bid

In announcing her campaign for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission, activist-turned-candidate Sybrina Fulton held up her 24 years of employment at the county as an asset to her first political campaign.

She’s held positions in multiple departments of Miami-Dade’s vast bureaucracy, including solid waste management, procurement and public housing — jobs she emphasized will give her a ground-level understanding of the role county government plays in people’s daily lives.

Yet it was the event that thrust her into the public spotlight, the shooting death of her teenage son Trayvon Martin, that she said catapulted her into advocacy against gun violence and now, a run for public office. Martin’s death sparked a national conversation about gun violence and race relations in the U.S.

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