Sidney Torres 'seriously considering' a run for New Orleans mayor

Sidney Torres 'seriously considering' a run for New Orleans mayor

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans businessman Sidney Torres told FOX 8 on Wednesday that a mayoral run may be in his future.

"I'm not ruling it out. I'm seriously considering it," Torres said during an interview about an upcoming show on the network.

Torres said several polls put him as one of the frontrunners for New Orleans mayor in 2018.

Torres started in real estate, then made millions with a trash business in the French Quarter. He has most recently gained national attention with his French Quarter Task Force crime app.

He admits he would like to see someone else who is qualified to run, but if no one steps up, Torres will run himself, he said.

"I'd seriously consider it depending on who steps up to the plate," he said. "I think this city needs someone that's going to understand how to operate a business, how to deal with different departments, that doesn't have a lot of debt, that's well off, that cannot have to worry about money as their main goals, and trying to figure out how they structure deals, and how do they do deals with lobbyists and how they do certain things in the community and focus on helping the community and other people," Torres said.

Torres is pleased with the job current Mayor Mitch Landrieu has done.

Torres finished the interview by saying as serious as he is about running for mayor, he is just as serious about not running.

"I've got a pretty good life as it is right now," he said.

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