MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The mother of the late Trayvon Martin officially launched her campaign for Miami-Dade County Commission on Monday.
"It took for my son being shot down in order for me to stand up, but I'm standing now," Sybrina Fulton said in a campaign video announcing her run for the District 1 seat.
Fulton's son was 17 years old when he was shot and killed in Sanford by George Zimmerman in 2012.
Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in Trayvon's death.
On Monday, Fulton was surrounded by a throng of supporters as she spoke at a news conference.
"I'm not a career politician. I'm one of you. I live amongst you. I am you," Fulton said.
Fulton is expected to face off against Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert.
Gilbert has announced he's also running for the District 1 seat.
The commission seat Fulton and Gilbert are seeking will be vacant in 2020 because term limits will prevent current District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan from running again.
"I'm good at listening. I'm good at organizing and trying to resolve issues. I managed to keep my composure through the tragedy of losing my son. It just gave me a purpose," Fulton said. "It gave me more purpose to move on and to provide additional services to my community."
Fulton has served 24 years as a Miami-Dade County employee.
She said in a Saturday statement that she would continue working to end gun violence.
Trayvon's parents head a foundation and have been recognized for their work on gun reform and social justice.