‘My youth is a strength’: Members of Gen Z launch campaigns for Congress

For the first time in 2022, members of Generation Z — those born after 1996 — could be elected to the US House of Representatives. While Maxwell Frost, a Florida Democrat, and Karoline Leavitt, a New Hampshire Republican, stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum, the two share a common belief that it’s time to elect more young people to office. With the midterm elections on the horizon, both Frost and Leavitt are ramping up their campaigns to be the first member of Gen Z in Congress. “I’m running for what our generation really wants and is asking for,” said Frost, a 24-year-old gun violence prevention activist who spent the summer of 2020 on the frontlines of protests for racial justice following the death of George Floyd . “We often talk about what we need to survive. I want to have a conversation about what we need to thrive,” said Frost, who previously served as the national organizing director for March For Our Lives — the gun violence prevention organization founded in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in 2018 — and as a field manager with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. “We shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not a trip to the hospital will bankrupt us, we shouldn’t fear gun violence and dying, and we deserve clean water,” he said. Members of the House must be at least 25-years-old, according to the US Constitution. Frost — who turns 25 in January, qualifying […]

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