Tampa Bay Times: “William March: Tampa attorney Ryan Torrens announces run for attorney general”

Ryan Torrens, a Tampa lawyer whose practice focuses heavily on consumer protection and homeowner defense against mortgage foreclosures, is taking his first step into electoral politics by running for state attorney general.

Torrens, 32, who lives in Odessa with a law office in Hyde Park, is a Tampa native who said he’s seen “a host of legal violations” by big banks and mortgage servicing companies against consumers.

He said consumer protection should be one of the attorney general’s main jobs, along with “protecting our families against crime,” including aggressively prosecuting financial and other crimes against the elderly.

He’s a University of Tampa and George Washington University law school graduate. He had Washington internships, including one with Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, and worked as a federal contractor reviewing mortgage violations, before opening his Tampa practice in 2012.

“One reason I decided to get into this race is the timing. Voters are sick and tired of politicians, and they’re ready for new energy and new blood and someone who’s going to say what they mean, someone who will fight for working class and middle class people in this state and not special interests,” he said.

For his campaign, he hopes to raise $3 million, most of it in small donations from individuals.