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Maxwell Alejandro Frost Could Be Generation Z’s First Member of Congress

25-year-old Progressive activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost could be Florida’s next U.S. House of Congress member following his decisive win last Tuesday.

"Today's election is proof that Central Florida's working families want representation that has the courage to ask for more," Frost said in a statement. "I share this victory with the nurses, forklift drivers, teachers, caregivers, social workers, farmers, union organizers, cashiers, and other members of this vibrant community who supported this campaign."

Frost ran on key progressive issues, including Medicare For All, student debt cancelation and putting an end to gun violence. He first became involved in political organizing in 2012 while in high school following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. He also worked with March for Our Lives as the national organizing director and is an ACLU activist.

"Our generation has been born into a lot of trauma and a lot of civil unrest around people being frustrated with things. And I think because of that, our generation naturally thinks about things in a bit of a different way," Frost told NPR in July.

Frost, who’s being touted as most likely to win in Florida’s historically blue 10th district, beat out 10 other Democrats in last week’s Florida primary. “Don't count out young people. Don't count us out just because we're young," Frost said to the Associated Press. "When young people have the resources, training that they need and support, they can really flourish."

Frost defeated experienced Democrats, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who was in Congress from 1993 to 2017 and former congressman Alan Grayson.

Frost is the front runner to become the initial member of Congress from Gen Z. The 2022 midterms are the first-time people born between 1997 and 2012 are eligible. The minimum age to serve in the U.S. House is 25 years old.

Florida’s 10th Congressional District seat was previously held by Rep. Val Demings, who left to run for U.S. Senate and will face off with Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio in November.

If he beats Republican army veteran Calvin Wimbish in November, Frost will be the only Afro-Cuban member of Congress and the youngest currently serving.

Photo Credit: Maxwell Alejandro Frost for Congress


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