Tampa Bay Times: “Foreclosure attorney to announce AG bid”

Original article: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/foreclosure-attorney-to-announce-ag-bid/2325600

Ryan Torrens will formally announce his bid for Florida Attorney General on Thursday, making him the second candidate (and first Democrat) so far to officially campaign to replace Republican incumbent Pam Bondi, whose term expires next year.

Torrens, a 32-year-old Tampa attorney, opened a campaign account last week. Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, formally launched his campaign earlier this month.

Torrens specializes in foreclosure defense, representing homeowners facing mortgage claims and consumers battling abusive debt collectors. He often represents clients who run afoul of homeowner associations.

“Many of the association foreclosures in this state are nothing more than a scheme for the associations to take someone’s home over failure to pay very small fees and for their attorneys to hit homeowners with excessive attorney’s fees,” Torrens told the Times in March.

His campaign website describes Torrens as a fifth-generation Tampa native. Prior to starting his law practice in 2012, Torrens worked as an independent consultant on the federal government’s Independent Foreclosure Review, which was established to determine if eligible homeowners suffered financial injury because of processing errors or other problems with their foreclosures between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010. Torrens reviewed toxic mortgage loans, where he gained an interest in consumer protection law.

Torrens will announce at 6:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo at 15518 Dale Mabry Highway.

Why there?

“To show that he is running to be the people’s lawyer, and stand up to the big banks and special interests,” the Pinellas County Democratic Party states in an email invite to the event. “This will be a very exciting event and it will be marked as the day we all decided to come together to take our state back! Finally, we will have an Attorney General who will fight for our people!”