Interview with Amy Mercado on December 7, 2018

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

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.


Date
December 7, 2018, Recording date
Interviewee
Amy Mercado
Interviewer
Mareitssa Griggs
Duration
57m 16.0s
Location of interview

Orlando, FL

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
AMer.2018.12.07
Related Keywords
Community-based organizations, Leaders, Elected officials, Voting
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Victor M. Torres, Academy of Mount St. Ursula
Related Places
Orlando, FL (interview location), The Bronx (is referenced), Ocala, FL (is referenced)
Related Dates
1995 – 2018, Date mentioned
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Amy Mercado on December 7, 2018: AMer.2018.12.07. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 21 Aug 2019.
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