Rachael Mercado for Goshen, District 2

The city of Goshen has always felt like home to me. I feel honored and blessed to live in such a great city and to have created so many memories in this community as a student and athlete of Goshen College and a former educator for Goshen Community Schools. As president of the West Goshen Neighborhood Association this past year, I have felt more connected to my neighbors and the community as a whole. This position has inspired me to continue to reach out and find other ways that I can use my skill set to help others.


I’m excited to announce that I will be running for election for Goshen City Council, District 2.


By running for this position I hope that I can come together with the the mayor and the council to support the greater need of its residents and the community that we have created.

Hello Neighbor,

My name is Rachael Mercado, and I’m excited to announce that I will be running for election for Goshen City Council, District 2 on November 7th. By running for this position I will be able to come together with the Mayor and the City Council to support and deliver the greater needs of Goshen’s residents.

I came to Goshen in 2006 to attend Goshen College, pursuing a degree in Education and this wonderful city  became my home. While I was a student here, I purchased a home and after I graduated, I worked for Goshen Community Schools using my B.A. degree and was fortunate enough to be Head Coach for Goshen Schools in track & field and basketball. 

My husband Leo Mercado and I have four children, and the two youngest attend Goshen schools. I recently assumed the role of President of the West Goshen Neighborhood Association, which has enabled me to work to bring residents together to address concerns about our neighborhood parks, emergency services, and school safety. This position has inspired me to continue to reach out and find other ways that I can use my skill set to help others.

When I was asked to run for the 2nd District seat on the City Council, I realized that this position would allow me to continue to serve my district at a greater capacity. I feel passionate about supporting families in our community, and assuring them that they have the same opportunity to flourish here as I had.  I will use my skills as an administrator and community connector to add an emphasis on diversity, environmental responsibility, and quality of life to Goshen’s leadership team. I will work with the Mayor and the City Council to support the greater needs and growth of our District, as well as for all the residents of Goshen. Being a member of Goshen’s City Council will allow me to cross paths with others who are just as motivated to use our resources wisely to ensure the best for the residents of Goshen.

Using my skills to help initiate these positive steps will make our community a better place to live and I am reaching out to invite you to be a part of my campaign.  Your financial support of my candidacy is essential to success. Included with this letter are many different ways you can help support my campaign.

Thank you again, for your support and any help you are able to provide.  

I LIKE politics. I like knowing where people stand and how the right people can guide and lead others. 


I'm saddened when people avoid talking about politics or have no interest and use the excuse that politics don't affect them. There is no public political training course or requirement for citizens outside of public education. After high school, we are responsible to educate ourselves. For some, this is dreaded for many reasons; lack of interest, not having a mentor, etc. We all have our reasons. I want to be that mentor for my children. I want my children to educate themselves and I want to be that mentor for them regardless of our views. I want them to be open-minded and I feel that the best way to do this is to step up and be that example for them. Whatever the outcome of this election, I want my children to know that they are capable of becoming someone who can help guide and lead others. 

GOSHEN — Rachael Mercado has formally announced her candidacy for Goshen City Council, District 2, running as a Democrat.

A long-time educator, she holds a B.A. in Education from Goshen College and has taught children at all grade levels from elementary through high school in the Goshen Public Schools, Shipshewana and South Bend, a news release stated. She served as a head coach at Goshen High School, where she managed 10 assistant coaches and worked with hundreds of athletes in cross country and basketball. She also has a background as a legal assistant in the trusts and estates sector, thus adding business law to her skills portfolio.

“I am running for Goshen City Council because I feel passionate about supporting families in our community and assuring that they have the same opportunity to flourish here as I had,” Mercado said in the release. “I will use my skills as an administrator and community connector to add an emphasis on diversity, environmental responsibility, and quality of life to Goshen’s leadership.”

Born Rachael Baker and raised in Fremont, Mercado bought her first house in 2010 while a junior at Goshen College. Saving up for her home purchase involved working a variety of jobs including managing a laundromat, waitressing, working both at retail and as a guest services manager at hotels, and also as part of the maintenance/physical plant workforce at Goshen College.

“I did not come from a privileged family and I understand the importance of giving kids and adults the opportunities that will allow them to thrive,” she said.

Recently she assumed the role of President of the West Goshen Neighborhood Association, which has enabled her to work within a vibrant part of the Goshen community and bring residents together to address concerns about city parks, infrastructure, emergency services and safety.

Rachael and her husband, Leo Mercado, have four children aged 5,6,10 and 17. The two youngest children currently attend Goshen Schools.

“As a strong supporter of public education, and with her dedicated work ethic and diverse background, Rachael Mercado is a great representative of Goshen,” said Chad Crabtree, Chair of the Elkhart County Democratic Party in the release. “I am excited to have Rachael Mercado as a candidate for the Goshen City Council!”

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