the democrat Maxwell Frosta 25-year-old Afro-Cuban, this Tuesday became the first member of the so-called “Generation Z” to enter the United States Congress after winning a seat in the House of Representatives for Florida.
“We won! History was made tonight. We made history for the people of Florida, for Generation Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future,” tweeted the new congressman, who said. making history for the Floridians, for Generation Z, as people born at the end of the last century and the beginning of the present are known, and “for all those who believe in a better future”.
With the Minimum age to enter the lower housewhere the average is 58, the Democrat met expectations by beating Calvin Wimbish, a 72-year-old Republican and former Green Beret, in Florida’s 10th District, with a percentage close to 59% of the vote, which he described himself as candidate “Christian, conservative and constitutional”.
Frost, whose Cuban family came to the United States on so-called “freedom flights” that left Cuba with refugees in the 1970s, said in September that his youth, far from being a disadvantage, worked. in his favour: “Everyone knows we need young people in Congress.“.
During his campaign, he took it upon himself to clarify what his priorities are: he calls for social justice, fights climate change, and intends to use his mandate to combat gun violence.
The young man he entered the world of politics with only 15 yearshorrified like so many of his countrymen by a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012. He later became one of the national representatives of the March for Our Lives organization, a movement founded after yet another massacre in a Florida school.
Frost could be joined in the House of Representatives by Karoline Leavitt, also 25. However, the candidate in New Hampshire is the ideological antipodes of Frost: she is a great defender of former President Donald Trump, demands lower taxes and promotes tighter border controls.
The first openly lesbian governor and other election milestones
Democrat Maura Healey, 51, became the United States’ first openly lesbian governor on Tuesday, after comfortably beating Republican Geoff Diehl, who had the backing of former President Donald Trump in the state of Massachusetts.
The current attorney general of that district, also recognized as a defender of human rights, has brought this important governorate, which was in Republican hands, to the democratic sector. For his part, current Governor Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican, has decided not to run for a third term.
“To all girls and all LGBTQ people: you can be anything you want“said Healy, who has always fought to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, while fighting legislation against this community and working for transgender people.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campaign organization, the biggest defender of the rights of the LGBT + community in the country, celebrated: “Tonight, Maura Healey made history, becoming the the country’s first lesbian governor“.
In New Hampshire was also chosen first transgender man in a state legislature: the Democrat James Roesneraccording to the organization LGBTQ Victory Fund, which promotes nominations from members of the gay, bisexual, queer and transgender community.
In Maryland There was no shortage of surprises: Wes Mooretelevision producer and former executive director of the Robin Hood Foundation, he became the first African American become governor of that state.
With information from AFP and EFE.