Trayvon Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton, lost her political bid

Fulton will continue to fight on the behalf of her late son.

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, speaks onstage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, lost her bid for the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

Fulton lost to Mayor Oliver Gilbert by less than 1%, receiving only 331 fewer votes, The Miami Herald reported.

Back in May 2019, Fulton, who had no political experience, started her campaign to advocate for a safer environment after losing her son during an altercation with a former neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.

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With her campaign to represent District 1 on the county commission concluded, she congratulated everyone who supported her political endeavors.

“This pic is where my journey begin, I thank God for an awesome experience,” Fulton said in a statement Thursday. “I’d like to say THANK YOU to my wonderful family & friends, my team, donors, supporters & especially everyone of you who voted for me. Plz know, positive change will come in due time.”

“At first, I didn’t want to be the voice for Trayvon after he died but I decided I have no choice. Now, I’m called to act, and called to serve,” Fulton previously said, according to PEOPLE. “It became clear to me there’s an opportunity to turn our family’s tragedy into something positive for many other families.”

“It took my son being shot down in order for me to stand up. But I’m standing now,” she said.

Former Democratic presidential candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Cory Booker have all gave Fulton endorsements, according to Revolt.

Although she lost the race, Fulton is still committed to promoting her advocacy, saying on Twitter, “I will continue to let my LIGHT shine!!”

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