Rachael Mercado

City Council, District 2

Coaching, teaching, and a keen eye for detail equipped Rachael Mercado to become a successful professional photographer and small business owner. Now she’s using those same skills as an advocate for her City neighborhood, where she’s campaigning to represent Council District 2 on Goshen’s west side.

Rachael Mercado, City Council, District 2

I did not come from a privileged family, so I understand the importance of giving kids and adults the opportunities that will allow them to thrive. In my experience, Goshen has been a community that welcomed me and rewarded my hard work and determination. I want to extend that welcome and support to others.

Rachael Mercado, District 2

Rachael Mercado

City Council, District 2

When Rachael is not in the studio or working with her many photography clients, she’s dedicating her time to addressing issues and rallying community members around important causes that impact the City’s west side. Mercado is the current president of the West Goshen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) and hopes to deepen that commitment by serving on City Council.

Before opening her own business, Rachael taught elementary education for seven years. She also served as a head coach at Goshen High School, managing ten assistant coaches and working with hundreds of athletes in cross country and basketball.

Rachael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Goshen College. She and her husband, Leo, have four children, ages 5,6,10, and 17.

Learn more on my website, mercado4goshen.com!

My Priorities


I am running for Goshen City Council because I feel passionate about supporting families in our community and assuring that all families – regardless of background, socio-economic status, or education – have the same opportunity to flourish in Goshen.


To ensure a healthy present and sustainable future, our City must focus on sustainability and care for our air, land, and water. I will use my skills as an administrator and community connector to ensure that the City continues to prioritize environmental responsibility.



My vision for working in city government is to work with transparency; and to be accessible and available as a council member. Email and social media are among the tools I will use, and I also think it’s important to attend events throughout the district in an effort to be at the service of the constituency.

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