Midterm Elections: Maxwell Frost emerges first Gen Z member of Congress
Maxwell Alejandro Frost won Florida’s 10th Congressional District over Calvin Wimbish, a Republican, at the U.S. midterm elections, making him the first-ever Gen Z member of Congress elected.
On Tuesday, the 25-year-old Democrat defeated Mr Wimblish in his Florida congressional race.
“WE WON!!!! History was made tonight. We made history for Floridians, for Gen Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to represent my home in the United States Congress. #FL10,” Mr Frost tweeted.
Karoline Leavitt, a Republican of New Hampshire, was also running to be a Gen Z representative and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress but lost to Democrat Chris Pappas.
Mr Frost served as the national organising director for March for Our Lives, a group that advocates for gun control policy, before running for Congress.
The U.S. Midterms for Gen-Z voters, born between 1997 and early 2010, is the first election in which many are eligible to participate.
In July, there were an estimated 8.3 million newly eligible young voters for the 2022 midterm elections. These 18- and 19-year-olds make up 16 per cent of the 18-29 age group for the 2022 election. They include approximately 4.5 million white youth and 3.8 million youth of colour: 2 million Latinos, 1.2 million Black youth, 500,000 Asians, and 80,000 Native Americans.
From 2002 to 2014, Youth voter turnout stayed between 17 and 22 per cent in every midterm election. In 2018, the turnout hiked to 32 per cent.
In September, a survey by the National Society of High School Scholars showed that 85 per cent of Gen Z voters said they plan to vote in the midterms.
This year’s campaign trail saw issues like racial equity, climate change, inflation and the economy, and women’s reproductive rights discussed.
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