Victor Torres with big late push in SD 15 Democratic primary
Victor Torres

Victor Torres

Democratic state Rep. Victor Torres is putting some last-minute light between him and Kissimmee businessman Bob Healy in last-month advertising for the Florida Senate District 15 primary.

Torres, who has always had a commanding war chest compared with Healy, dropped $33,000 on advertising in the first couple weeks of August and still had $87,000 more cash left than Healy on Aug. 12, the last date for which campaign finance reports are posted in the race.

Torres, a retired police officer and bus driver, raised $23,000 for his campaign in the first 12 days of August, compared with $12,000 for Healy, the funeral director. That leaves Torres with $156,000 raised and $126,000 left. Healy has raised $36,000 and lent $20,000 to his campaign, leaving him with $39,000.

Republican nominee Peter Vivaldi awaits the winner of Tuesday’s primary.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


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