Maxwell Alejandro Frost has been elected to Congress after winning Florida’s 10th district, becoming the first Gen Z member of the special body of the US government. And he will celebrate this victory by watching 1975.
The race, in which the 25-year-old Democrat ran against Republican Calvin Wimbish and independents Jason Holic and Usha Jain, was called by Associated Pressshowing that Frost had secured victory by almost 20 percentage points over Wimbish (59 percent to 39.5 percent).
Frost first entertained the idea of entering politics at the age of 15, recently cites fear of being “shot at school” as the primary catalyst. Gun control was one of the central issues of his campaign, with Medicare for all, civil rights and criminal justice reform also playing a role, and now he wants a chance to make his political mark.
But first The 1975’s Washington DC show awaits The Anthem, which Frost exclaimed in a victory’s tweet see below.
He’s still in college, and even with a gig on the horizon, Frost laid out some immediate political priorities as a guest Good morning America.
“First of all, we need to get our district office up and running so people can get the benefits and help that they need. We just had a terrible hurricane here – Hurricane Ian – we have another storm coming right now (it might be turning into a hurricane) people are going to need these FEMA benefits, we need to provide for the first week [and] the second week we are running at full speed so that people can use the office to get the things they need,’ he says.
When pressed about the so-called “red wave” that many expected would sweep the country in terms of voters leaning toward Republican candidates, Frost adds, “If you look at a lot of these very close races where the Democrats were able to search for a win, a lot of it was because of Gen Z and Millennials, which is really exciting to me. Here’s the thing — Gen Z, half of us aren’t even old enough to vote yet.”
“The youngest Gen Zer is 13 right now,” he continues, “What that shows me is that there’s a lot of hope and promise in this nation as young people start to rise up and really step into their political power because we make up a third of this country like Gen Z and Millennials — we don’t make up a third of the government. I think we need a government that, yes, looks like the country in terms of race and gender, but also with regard to age.”
Maxwell Frost on Good morning America
The 1975, meanwhile, are in the middle of a tour in support of their new album, Being funny in a foreign languageand you can see their remaining dates here (and get tickets here). Singer Matt Healy even made headlines for eat some raw steak on stage at a show in New York earlier this month. Gross, right?
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