“I’m a fighter. Nothing has been handed to me on a silver platter…No one is going to fight harder for the voters in the South Bronx because fighting is who I am. It’s what I do,”
claimed Ritchie Torres several months ago when he started his run for a democratic nominee from NYC 15th Congressional District. Those several months have been incredibly tough. For the country and state of New York locked down due to pandemic, it was hard to campaign. With public gatherings banned up to recently and state just gradually recovering from the devastating effect of the virus, it was nearly impossible to bring hope to the voters. Not for the fighter Ritchie. He did what he promised and won in the South Bronx.
Ritchie Torres has undoubtedly made history. He is expected to be the first-ever openly gay Aro-Latinx member of the House. While the final count is not over yet, Ritchie is leading the race by a wide margin, with almost 38% of votes. “I want to thank the voters of NY15, as well as my supporters here and elsewhere, for entrusting me with the Democratic nomination. Looking forward to fighting for the essential workers and mothers of the South Bronx. Stay tuned!” he announced as the victory became evident. A lot of work is ahead, but the milestone has been achieved. It is worth noting that such amazing results came from mail voting. It is hard to imagine what a landslide the outcome would be if every single voter was able to cast his/her/their ballot in person.
Ritchie was not the only one member of the LGBTQ community to win the nomination this year. Another out gay nominee, Mondaire Jones, has won in 17th Congressional District earlier this month. Both elects congratulated each other on Twitter. “The American people will be better off when you bring your forceful advocacy and commitment to justice to the House,” Jones said to Torres. Both are quite optimistic, expect a lot of work ahead, including a broader representation of the LGBTQ community on the House floor.