Meet Amy Mercado

AMY MERCADO

FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 48

About Me

I am a working mom of 6, a caretaker to my ailing grandparents, and I have spent my entire life doing what’s best for those around me. I understand doing what’s best for us means bringing good paying jobs to our community.

As a former healthcare worker, I know firsthand that people can’t afford to get sick. I understand doing what’s best for us means affordable healthcare so working families don’t have to choose between life-saving medication and paying for rent. And as a mother, doing what’s best for our children means teaching to a child’s potential not a test. Tallahassee is out of touch – it isn’t doing what’s best for us and it’s time we fix that.

That is why I am asking for your votes, your prayers, and your support.

More About Amy

Early years…
I am of Puerto Rican descent and was born and raised in the Bronx, New York by Carmen L. Rodriguez-Torres, a New York City Police Department Officer, and Victor M. “Vic” Torres, a New York City Transit Police Detective.

Education…
I graduated from the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula in the Bronx, New York and continued my higher education as a non-traditional student while raising my children, caring for my ailing grandparents and working multiple jobs full-time.

In 2004, I graduated from American Intercontinental University with Cum Laude honors and received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA), with a concentration in Management. I am currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University.

Family…
I relocated to Florida with my family in 1995 and have been Orange County residents since 1996. My husband Fred and I were married and united our blended family in 1997. Four of our six children are proud graduates of the Orange County Public School System.

Career…
I have a blended professional background; and have successfully leveraged my experience in healthcare, legal services, and agriculture to serve my community. For the last twelve years I have worked at the National Mango Board, and for the last seven years I have been the board’s Director of Operations.

Community Leadership...

Within the local community, I have built a strong reputation as a dependable and diplomatic community activist in several community organizations and grassroots efforts throughout the State of Florida.  Below are a few areas/campaigns I have focused on:

  • Field Manager for Tiffany Moore Russell for Orange County Clerk of Court
  • Campaign Manager for Ricardo Rangel, House District 43
  • Campaign Manager for Victor M. Torres, House District 48
  • Florida Elector for President Barack Obama
  • Former Chairwoman of the Orange County DEC
  • Former President of the Orange County Democratic Hispanic Caucus
  • Former Interim Secretary of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement’s Central Florida Chapter
  • Former Secretary of the Florida Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Former Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando
  • Former Democratic Candidate for Florida House District 35 vs. Speaker of Florida House Dean Cannon

Memberships...

  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management
  • Florida Voters League
  • Former Member of the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando

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