00:00:00 Mercado was born and raised in the Bronx, New York by parents that were both law enforcement officers. She had a Catholic upbringing and a very strong family ties, which was the reason that, when her grandmother got level 4 breast cancer, Mercado decided to move to Florida to be closer to her family. 00:13:00 Mercado started working in the health care unit of a local hospital in addition to a full time position in a public finance center. 00:19:00 Mercado explained that running for political office was never part of her goal, but admitted that her parents were always involved in political campaigns and the children would accompany them, so she had seen political campaigns in action. 00:33:00 Mercado explains that her career in politics began when she started seeing and listening to issues that concern the community. Mercado started volunteering in the school, then in her political party and as a precinct captain. 00:44:00 Mercado continued growing in the political arena, and today she is the State Representative of the Florida House District 49 Orlando FL. 00:50:00 Mercado states that Puerto Ricans have to culturally educate the community and the decision makers regarding their needs which are different, not better or worse, just different.
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