Waltham City Councilor At Large

Carlos for Waltham

Community Priorities Contact


Machu Picchu 2010 – Carlos and Marisol

Machu Picchu 2010 – Carlos and Marisol

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.

Community Involvement

Carlos’ mother taught him very early in life that is important to give back to the country that has given him so much. In that spirit, Carlos works with numerous local organizations.

Carlos co-anchoring WCAC-TV’s weekly Waltham Newswatch

Waltham High School

Career and Technical Education General Advisory Committee.

Waltham Channel WCAC-TV

Volunteer news anchor for eight years.

Breezers Ball

Organizing committee member.


Member of the REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Fall Festival planning committee.

Waltham Partnership for Youth

Active member for six years.


Youth and adult soccer referee and former girls soccer coach at Waltham High School.

Waltham Channel WCAC-TV

Host of “Contacto Latino” a program about Latino interests and culture.

Massachusetts Latino Democratic Caucus


Waltham YMCA

Past board member.

Waltham Alliance to Create Housing

Past board member.

Working with Executive Director of the Waltham Partnership for Youth, Beth Toolan. 2011

Community Priorities

Improve Communications

Just as when I first campaigned in 2013, our city still needs to improve communications. The city has taken some first steps in this area but we need to pick up the pace. Improved communications – access to timely information and open conversations – are fundamental to the health and growth of our community.

Building Community

I believe very strongly that Waltham needs to do a better job of building a more inclusive community. We need to encourage ALL of our residents to get involved and join the decision-making process. We need leaders who can effectively reach out to those who are not being heard today.

Creating a greater mix of business

For years now, residents have longed for a greater mix of businesses in our commercial areas across the city. But what is Waltham doing to promote Waltham? I feel it is time for the city to employ an economic development officer whose job will be to attract new and diverse businesses and help established businesses to grow.

Providing information. Planning for the future

Still don’t know what 3-1-1 is? It is a simple call-in and online service used by cities such as Cambridge, Somerville and Springfield. This system ensures residents the quick answers they deserve and provides data that will allow our city to better plan future budget priorities. It’s an investment in our future that Waltham should make.

Fixing our streets

It’s great that many of our main roads have been recently improved. However, we also need to work on our smaller neighborhood streets. Our streets are torn up and patched so often that many have gone from a nuisance to a hazard. We need a comprehensive road maintenance schedule that addresses our smaller residential streets too.

How To Help


Interested in joining the Vidal team? We would appreciate any help we can get. Contact us to see how you can get involved. Thank you!


Please consider donating to the Carlos Vidal 2015 Campaign. Thank you!


Campaign 2015 Kickoff
Campaign Kickoff
Gilmore Park
Campaign 2013


Thank You Waltham

As I woke up this morning and started to get ready to attend Waltham’s swearing-in ceremony for elected officials, I thought back over this past year and my campaign for city council. It was almost a year ago when my team and I started to plan how we would once again embark into the world of local politics. Throughout this

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Waltham news tribune: Newly elected city councilor Carlos Vidal

Carlos Vidal is Waltham’s newest city councilor and was the only non-incumbent candidate elected in last Tuesday’s elections. Vidal received 4,832 votes and finished fifth out of the eight candidates vying for six at-large city council seats. Vidal is also the first Latino city councilor in Waltham history. Vidal won’t take office until inauguration day on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016,

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El Mundo Boston: Inmigrante peruano hace historia en Waltham

Waltham, MA – El activista comunitario nativo de Perú, Carlos Vidal, hizo historia en Waltham el pasado 3 de noviembre al resultar electo en las elecciones municipales que lo convirtieron en el primer concejal hispano de la ciudad. Vidal obtuvo 4832 votos que lo ubicaron en el quinto lugar de los seis asientos del Concejo General disputados por ocho candidatos.

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