D | NY-15

Ritchie Torres

Challenger

A progressive fighter for the Bronx

Ritchie Torres grew up in public housing in the Bronx, raised by a single mother supporting three children on a $4.25 minimum wage. At 25, Ritchie Torres became the youngest elected official in New York City and the first openly LGBTQ elected official from the Bronx. As part of a new generation of progressive leaders, Torres has passed legislation on the New York City Council to improve the safety and quality of life in New York’s public housing, and has worked to tackle the city’s opioid epidemic and improve mental health services for the city.

Proof of how public financing can bring positive change

Torres relied on New York’s 6:1 matching funds program in his first campaign for City Council. He says that without public financing he would not have been able to run an effective campaign as someone who didn’t have ties to the political establishment in the Bronx. Having seen first-hand the benefits and opportunities that public financing and campaign finance reform can bring to our communities, Torres will be a leading advocate and example for reform in Congress. He is not accepting corporate PAC money in his Congressional campaign.

A primary that risks electing a conservative Democrat to Congress

NY-15 is one of the most Democratic districts in the country, but Ruben Diaz Sr., an arch conservative, is a real threat to win the Democratic primary. Diaz Sr. is an open homophobe and anti-abortion member of the New York City Council who has opposed political reforms in his decades in power and would immediately become one of the worst Democrats in Congress if elected. Torres has consolidated support from several labor groups and national groups such as the CWA, Hotel Trades Council, Laborers LiUNA, Teamsters 237, Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC, Victory Fund and Equality PAC.


Reformer at Risk?

No Corporate PAC?