Campaigns for local races go beyond the typical liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Republican debate we’re used to hearing about on the national stage. They are about going door to door, organizing and getting to know the local issues – the building blocks of a winning campaign. Welcome to City & State’s newest podcast series – Block by Block, an inside look at the quirks and curiosities of local campaigns. In our pilot episode, we examine the classic underdog story – Ritchie Torres’s 2013 race for New York City Councilman. Find out why the odds were stacked against Torres in his first race for public office, how he pulled off the dream win, and how Trader Joe’s wine helped fuel his campaign.