According to a race called by the Associated Press, the Democrat Maxwell Frost has won the election for Florida’s 10th Congressional District. Frost will be the first member of Generation Z to be elected to serve in the United States Congress as a result of this victory.
Frost had a strong advantage over his Democratic opponents for the seat, which is located in Orlando and is reliably held by Democrats. By a margin of 19 percentage points, he was victorious over the Republican candidate Calvin Wimbish.
Frost will take over for Democratic Representative Val Demings, who is leaving office and is running against Republican incumbent Marco Rubio for the Senate seat. The Associated Press reports that Rubio was successful in winning his reelection.
Frost wrote in a tweet that “history was made tonight.” “We made history for Floridians, for the millennial generation, and for everyone who believes we deserve a brighter future.”
The win of the young woman, who is only 25 years old, is a watershed moment for progressive activists who became eligible to vote over the course of the past decade and discovered their political voice in reaction to contentious subjects such as the issue of gun violence.
I started Organizing at 15 because I didn’t want to get shot at school. https://t.co/skaG2PGN6Z
— Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) November 5, 2022
After the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, which left twenty-six people dead and many more injured, Frost initially became an activist. Frost has a background as an organiser. Before he ran for Congress, he worked as the national organising director for March for Our Lives, an organisation that promotes the implementation of policies to restrict access to firearms.
Younger voters consistently rank the issue of gun control as their most important concern. A recent survey conducted by the Harvard Institute of Politics found that 22% of respondents ranked it as either their most important or second most important issue. This is in comparison to issues such as inflation (45%), abortion (33%), and “protecting democracy,” which received 30% of respondents.
In addition to her support for progressive measures like Medicare for all and a Green New Deal, one of the central tenets of Frost’s campaign programme was the elimination of gun violence.
Frost confronted Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis at an event over the governor’s views on the Second Amendment in the aftermath of the mass shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas.
I just asked @GovRonDeSantis to take action on gun violence so we can save lives. That we lose 100 people a day.
— Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) June 3, 2022
Frost was backed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Frost also earned more than $2.5 million in campaign contributions.
Frost will join a Congress that is recognised for lacking variety in an age when he takes office in January. This is due to the fact that the present membership is the oldest in the history of the United States.
However, according to Amanda Litman, who is the co-founder of Run for Something, an organisation that assists young people who are running for state and local officials, this could be progressively changing. Run for Something helps young people who are running for office.
“When you see a 25-year-old succeed in running for Congress, you think to yourself, “I could do that,” and then other people follow in their footsteps. Someone is in the first spot, then more individuals take the second, third, and fourth spots, respectively, “she said with NPR.
“I am also very confident that because political engagement and political activity is a habit, it’s a muscle, you build it and then it gets stronger and stronger and stronger,” Litman added. “I am also very confident that because political engagement and political activity is a habit, it’s a muscle.” The participation of members of Generation Z in political leadership roles is just getting started.
This is what a victory sounds like for Democrat Maxwell Frost, who at 25 is the first member of Generation Z to serve in the US Congress. After the anticipated victory, his jubilation on Twitter quickly gained widespread support.