2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 15th City Council District

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Ritchie Torres
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Housing Director in the NYC Council

Previous Occupation(s): Constituent Liaison in the NYC Council

Education: New York University

Organizational Affiliations: Liberty Democratic Association

Prior Public Experience: The Attorney General's Office and the Mayor's Office of Economic Development and Rebuilding

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 15 you would address if elected?

As a Council Member, I will fight every day to ensure that every person has a fighting chance to earn a decent life. That means an affordable place to live, a job that pays a decent wage, and a school that has enough resources to meet the needs of its students.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

As a Council Member, I will fight for greater investment in public infrastructure (our parks, schools, and systems of transit); greater investment in senior centers that keep our elderly out of isolation; and greater investment in programs that keep our youth off the street.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

As a product of a single-mother, working-poor household, I know what it's like to struggle. I have a record of delivering results for struggling Bronx families, from getting repairs for hundreds of tenants to getting millions of dollars worth of security for neighborhoods torn by violence. I have made Bronx homes more livable and Bronx streets much safer.


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Party Key
  • C = Conservative
  • D = Democratic
  • R = Republican
  • WF = Working Families