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Trayvon Martin's mother to run for political office in Florida

She announced her candidacy on Monday

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Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, announced over the weekend that she is running for political office in Florida.

It's been seven years since Trayvon Martin was killed

Martin was 17 years old when he was killed in 2012 in an incident that sparked national outcry and heated debate about both gun rights and race relations. George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, was charged with second-degree murder but was later acquitted, having successfully argued that he acted in self defense.

Martin's death served as a catalyst to start the Black Lives Matter movement.

What happened now?

Seven years after her son's death, Fulton announced that she will be running for one of five open Miami-Dade County commissioner seats.

In an Instagram post announcing her candidacy, Fulton said:

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. But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.

The seat to which Fulton is hoping to be elected is currently held by Barbara Jordan, who will have to step down in 2020 due to term limits. Fulton will be running against Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for the seat.

"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 a statement, according to the Miami Herald. "I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government."

Fulton also campaigned for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016. She was working for Miami-Dade County at the time her son was killed.

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