"Miguel Algarín was a brilliant poet, an influential professor and leader," the Nuyorican Poets Cafe said in a statement.
"My story is the story of The Bronx. It's a story of struggle. But it's also a story of overcoming. And that's the story of America," Torres told The Americano.
Without a GOP opponent in November, this first-time politician seems to be a shoo-in for the House of Representatives.