Carmen Torres, an Orlando-based community activist, was born in San Juan Puerto Rico, and raised in New York City’s borough of the Bronx. Together with her husband of 33 years, Senator, Victor “Vic” Torres, their children,
grandchildren, and great-grandchild, they’ve made Central Florida home. As a longtime resident of Central Florida, Carmen has dedicated over 29 years to building relationships, empowering voters, and defending democracy.
The list of local, county, regional, statewide, and federal campaigns she has worked on is long, and the list of past and present elected officials she’s mentored and supported is longer. She has been a part of many political
and progressive social justice, environmental, and equality rights campaigns both in Central Florida and throughout the state.
She is a proud union member and supporter, standing in solidarity with various union families such as The Patrol Benevolent Association (PBA), The International Painters Union and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Amalgamated Transit
Union (ATU), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters), and The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) to name a few.
Since 2003, Carmen has served as a member, board member, and treasurer of non-partisan organizations such as The League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC), Florida Voters League, Inc., (FVL), and Labor Council for Latin
American Advancement, (LCLAA). In the LWVOC she has been an active member working on their voter services committee, government committee, and speakers bureau. Carmen can always be found rolling up her sleeves and
exercising her passion for registering voters, helping to organize candidate forums, and presenting to local high schools and the adult literacy league, as part of her commitment to defending democracy.
Carmen is a co-founder of Hablamos Español FL, Inc., a grassroots, volunteer-based, community organizing non-profit, whose mission is to reframe language justice in an English-only state, not just as a matter of translation
but as an ongoing way of building both community and democracy.
Carmen firmly believes that the only reasons to run for elected office are to serve the public, support our local school districts, cities, and county priorities and ensure our children, veterans, and seniors have a strong
advocate in Tallahassee.
Carmen has a unique perspective on what it takes to work collaboratively with local, state, and federal colleagues to continue to deliver tens of millions of dollars for our beloved communities’ local projects and programs,
with her community activist roots intact.
If elected to the Florida State Senate, she will continue the many years of work she and her family began when they arrived in Florida in 1992, always in service to the residents of central Florida, especially the community
that encompasses Senate District 25.
- Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Emergency Management – UCF
- Associates of Arts – Valencia College
- Police Academy certification – NYPD
- Former board Member and Co-Founder of Hablamos Español, Inc.
- Advisory Council Member and Co-Founder of Grupo 21
- Board Member and Treasurer, Florida Voters League, Inc.
- Former Board Director, League of Women Voters of Orange County
- Former Vice Chair City of Orlando Civil Service Board
- Member, Orange County Florida Voters League
- Member, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
- Member, Orange County Democratic Hispanic Caucus
- Member, County Watch
- Member, OCDEC
- Member, LWVOC
- Biden 2020 Florida Elector
- Presidential Elector for President Elect Barack Obama 2008
- Former Member, A Phillip Randolph Institute
- Former Chair, Orange County Citizens Corps Council
- Former Member, Orange County Membership and Mission Review Board
- Former Member, Marion County Democratic Executive Committee
- Former Member, Hispanic Caucus of Silver Springs Shores
- Former Member, Hispanic Caucus of Marion Oaks
- Former Member, PBA, DEA family, IUPAT family, ATU family
- Former Interim Board Member, Orange County Chapter of the ACLU
- Former Secretary, Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida
- Former Orange County Democratic Hispanic Caucus Membership Committee Chair
- Former Orange County Florida Democratic Executive Committee Vice Chair
- Former Appointed Member, FDP Budget and Finance Committee
- Former Appointed Member, FDP Rules and Bylaws Committee
- Former Appointed Member, FDP Affirmative Action Committee
- Former Member, Orlando for Obama grassroots organization
- Former District 24 Delegate for Senator Barack Obama 2008
- Former At-Large Member, DNC
- Former Member, DNC Executive Committee
- Former Elected Vice Chair DNC Southern Caucus
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Carmen Torres for Florida Senate District 25
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2024 Ballot Petition
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P.O. Box 620121
Orlando, FL 32862