Who is Maxwell Frost, the Gen Z Democratic nominee in Florida?

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Maxwell Frost is a lot like others of the Generation Z generation — he’s 25, drives an Uber for extra cash, and recently quit his job to pursue a more promising opportunity.

His last performance? He won a crowded primary on Tuesday night in Florida’s heavily Democratic 10th Congressional district, giving him a strong shot at running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Frost triumphed over more experienced Democrats, including former Congressmen Corrine Brown and Alan Grayson, and state senator Randolph Bracy, to secure the nomination. He will be the favorite in November in the redesigned Orlando area neighborhood.

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“I knew I was going to be counted on this thing because of my age,” Frost told The Washington Post in an interview on Tuesday. “And I’ve been out of a lot of my life because of my age. But I knew that if we stuck to our message, and if we kept doing the work, and we built the movement, we would win.”

He belongs this year to the new class of trailblazing Democratic candidates with working-class roots. On his campaign website, he highlights the difficulties of his birth mother who gave him up for adoption amid what he describes as “a cycle of drugs, crime and violence.”

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Frost campaigned to support Medicare-for-all, demilitarize the police, legalize prostitution and recreational marijuana, remove all marijuana convictions, and restore voting rights to inmates.

He was supported by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Polls leading up to the primary showed Frost was leading the 10-candidate race, but he said his campaign team worked as hard on Election Day as they did all summer, taking to the streets at 4 a.m. deliver campaign literature to voters. ‘ houses.

Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.), the first Gen Z candidate to win a congressional primary, discusses his plan to involve young people in the upcoming election. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Maxwell Alejandro Frost for Congress/The Washington Post)

The minimum age for a seat in Congress is 25 years. Frost has never run for public office, but he doesn’t consider himself a political newcomer. He began working in politics when he was 15, protesting gun violence after the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012.

He became the national organizing director of March for Our Lives, the group organized by students who survived another deadly mass shooting in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He also worked for the ACLU in Florida, supporting voting rights for formerly incarcerated citizens.

Frost refers to him as the “mass shooting generation.”

He received national attention four months ago when he confronted Governor Ron DeSantis (R) at an event in Orlando, shortly after the school shootings in Uvalde, Texas. In a video that has been circulating widely on social media, Frost is seen telling DeSantis that he is doing something about gun violence. DeSantis replied, “Nobody wants to hear from you,” and Frost is escorted outside.

Frost said he thinks voters angry at DeSantis will help him run to Congress.

“Our positive message about the world we deserve to live in is what really resonates with people, despite what’s coming out of the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee,” Frost said.

He argued that DeSantis’ policies motivated voters.

“Our message has resonated today, despite what the governor is doing to scapegoat gay people, despite the fact that black people and their voting rights are being stripped by the governor, despite our LGBTQ plus community and Latinos and black people and disabled people. people being scapegoated by this governor for every problem under the sun,” he said.

Frost was the top fundraiser in the race for an open seat currently held by Rep. Val Demings (D), who won the Senate nomination on Tuesday night and will challenge Senator Marco Rubio (R).

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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