Maxwell Alejandro Frost, the first “Generation Z” candidate to reach the United States Congress

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Maxwell Alejandro Frost, the first candidate of the “Generation Z” to reach the United States Congress

Maxwell Alejandro Frost, the first Generation Z candidate to reach the United States Congress (AP)

Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frosthas defeated Republican Calvin Wimbish for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, becoming the first member of Generation Z to win a seat in Congress.

Frost, a 25-year-old gun reform and social justice activist, ran in a heavily blue Orlando area district, which has been ceded by Democratic Rep. Val b> Demings, who challenged Republican Senator Marco Rubio this year.

Frost is a former organizer of the March for Our Lives seeking stronger gun control laws and has highlighted his opposition to restrictions on abortion rights. the Generation Z generally refers to those born between the late 1990s and early 2010s. To be a member of Congress, candidates must be at least 25 years old.

Wimbish is a 72-year-old former Army Green Beret who calls himself a “Christian, Conservative, and Constitutionalist” candidate.

Frost is among at least six newcomers to the United States House of Representativeson Tuesday's Florida vote, as Republicans try to take advantage of an aggressively redrawn congressional map spearheaded by Governor Ron DeSantis.

In the wake of the 2020 census, DeSantis had ordered the GOP-controlled legislatureto adopt a map designed to maximize Republican gains, vetoing the map initial backed by the Party Republicanwhich largely kept two seats held by black Democratic members of Congress intact.

Going into this election year, Republicans held 16 seats and Democrats represented 11 from Florida in the House . Florida gains a 28th seat due to population growth.

Maxwell Alejandro Frost, the first candidate of the “Generation Z” to reach the United States Congress

Maxwell Alejandro Frost, the Democratic candidate who entered the United States Congress at just 25 years old (Reuters)

The most important races include a couple of incumbent members of the House – the Republican Neal < b>Dunn and Democrat Al Lawson— who are up against each other in a North Florida district that leans toward the GOP. The majority-black Lawson district was scrapped by the Republican-led Legislature, which adopted a map of Congress pushed by DeSantis, prompting a lawsuit alleging unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

Barring defeats for incumbents, new House members will come from six open seats. These include District 13 in Pinellas County, where Democrat Charlie Cristresigned to run for governor, and the Orlando-area seat that Democratic Rep. Val Demings is leaving for her Senate campaign.

In addition, Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy decided not to run for re-election after her district was redrawn in central Florida seemed leaning more toward a Republican victory. And in South Florida, the retirement of Democrat Ted Deutch paved the way for a likely Democratic successor in the 23rd district.

A really open seat, where there was no incumbent, is the 15th district in the Tampa area, where Republican Laurel Lee, former Florida Secretary of State, and Democrat Alan Cohn, a former investigative journalist, face off. The seat is tilted toward the GOP.

Among incumbent races, the Miami-area 27th district is the most closely contested and has a history of swinging between Democrats and Republicans.< /p>

In that race, Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo is facing first-term Republican Rep. María Elvira Salazar. Polls have shown the race to be close, although broader polls show a possible rise in Hispanic support for the GOP in historically Democratic Miami-Dade County as a whole.

(With information from AP).-