ManCrush: Ritchie Torres
Ritchie Torres became the first gay candidate to be elected in the Bronx when he was elected in 2013 as the New York City Councilmember for the 15th district.
Torres has won the nomination to be the Democrat Party’s candidate for New York’s 15th congressional district in the upcoming election. Torres is expected to win a seat in Congress.
Who is Ritchie Torres?
Born in 1988, Torres grew up in the Bronx neighbourhood in New York City.
Torres has a twin brother.
“I was raised by a single mother who had to raise three children on minimum wage and I lived in conditions of mould and vermin, lead and leaks…” said Torres, speaking about his early family life.
He became active in politics through working for New York City councilmembers.
Election to New York City Council
At the age of 25, Torres stood for election for the 15th district of the New York City Council. Winning that election in 2013, Torres was the youngest elected city official.
2020 congressional election
As preparation for the 2020 congressional election got underway, Torres announced his intention to run – seeking election to represent New York’s 15th congressional district.
Having secured the nomination to be the Democratic Party’s candidate, Torres looks set to win a seat in Congress.
Torres identifies as a gay man and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ equality.