From her campaign headquarters on Northwest 27th Avenue, Sybrina Fulton dropped the bomb of 2019 and shook up the political landscape by announcing that she would be running for current County Commissioner Barbara Jordan's soon-to-be-vacated Miami-Dade County District 1 seat. She created a buzz across Miami Gardens and its neighboring cities, the rest of Miami-Dade County and South Florida that has never been heard before.
What her announcement did was let everybody in the city of Miami Gardens and surrounding areas know that there is an alternative candidate to Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III who was also widely known to be running for the seat as well. Many people are familiar with Fulton because she is the mother of the late Trayvon Martin, who was killed tragically by George Zimmerman back in 2012. What most people find refreshing is that even though Fulton doesn't have the political experience that the current mayor of Miami Gardens has, they view her as someone who is relatable, as if she's one of them. To them, her inexperience in politics is not a major factor. People have been known to do a job efficiently by getting on-the-job training.
What political insiders are saying about Gilbert is that he didn't kiss the ring during former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's run for governor, and it’s come back to haunt him. He had no idea the people he incensed with that move, followed by some questionable moves that have transpired over the last several months, would come for him next.
When Gilbert endorsed Philip Levine for governor during the Democratic primary in 2018, he left a sour taste in the mouths of many of those from Rattler Nation because he didn't endorse Gillum for governor from the outset. It is widely known in the animal kingdom that snakes turn on each other, that politics makes strange bedfellows and that absolute power corrupts and power corrupts absolutely. But a lot of members of the Miami Garden City Council and citizens feel that it just doesn't stop right there with the mayor.
The recent events at the city's annual Jazz in the Gardens event also have some of the very same people wondering how did the current State Rep. Shervin Jones – whose home base is in West Park, Florida, which is south of the county line from Miami Gardens – got “free,” political advertising during the festival. If he paid, why wasn't the money on the books? Some of the members of the Miami Gardens City Council have openly questioned this at a council meeting back in March and are looking at the current mayor as the culprit behind the shrewd move. Jones, and several others such as former state Rep. Cynthia Stafford and former state Sen. Daphne Campbell, are running for outgoing state Sen. Oscar Braynon's seat.
There are all types of speculation on why Fulton is running for the seat. She didn't let those who are a part of the establishment know of her intentions to run for political office nor did she seek or asked for their permission. In the words of Go-Go music band Troubled Funk and The Gap Band, Fulton “Dropped The Bomb.”