Carlos Vidal is an area real estate agent, local news anchor, youth soccer coach, community volunteer and Hispanic advocate. A proud resident of Waltham since 2003, he lives on Ash Street on the city’s South Side with his wife Marisol Mercado.
Carlos is working to make his adopted city a better place for all residents and is running for Waltham City Council again in 2017 to add a much-needed new voice and new ideas.
Born in Lima, Peru, in April 1975, Carlos’ family moved to the Boston area in the late ’80s to escape growing terrorism and violence in their home country.
Carlos entered South Braintree Middle School in 1989 with no knowledge of English. At the time, Carlos was one of very few minority students in Braintree Public Schools.
Growing up without a father, Carlos quickly learned the value of hard work and shared in the responsibilities of supporting his family. He held jobs throughout his youth to help with the family’s bills and to pay for his own education.
After graduating from Braintree High School in 1993, Carlos enrolled at Bay State College in Boston, studying hospitality management and earning an associate’s degree in 1996.
Upon graduating college, Carlos worked as a business developer for a software reseller in Norwood. When the dotcom bubble burst, Carlos became a real estate agent in 2002 – a job he continues to this day with Keller Williams Realty.
Also in 2002, Carlos met Marisol and they married the following year in Boston. After their wedding, the couple bought and refurbished a beautiful old Victorian on tree-lined Ash Street.
In 2013, Carlos made his first bid for Waltham City Councilor at Large seat. He ran again in 2015 and made history by becoming the first Latino elected to City Council.