Field for Diana Reyna’s Council Seat Grows

Tommy Torres (Photo: Facebook)

Earlier today, Politicker reported that Councilwoman Diana Reyna’s Chief of Staff Antonio Reynoso is looking at running for her seat when she retires, joining Borough President Marty Markowitz’s aide Jay Otaño. Since then, District Leader Maritza Davila told City & State she’s in the race again as well.

Now, Tommy Torres, a teacher active in Democratic politics, tells Politicker he’s also considering joining the crowded fray. “Right now, it’s just an exploratory committee,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to run.”

He’s already taken the first step needed to raise funds for such a campaign by registering a committee for the seat.

Mr. Torres, who worked on Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign, said that he’s aware of the large field, but after working as a teacher and baseball coach in the district for the last 15 years, the office “is something I would just love to bring my resources to.”

At first glance, Ms. Davila would appear to be the frontrunner. She almost defeated the incumbent when she ran in 2009 with the support of Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez, losing by just 251 votes. Facing a split field, her chances might be better in 2013.

Field for Diana Reyna’s Council Seat Grows