Stella Mercado announces run for Georgetown County Council

Former Congressman John Napier chairs campaign committee

LITCHFIELD – Stella Mercado, a Litchfield businesswoman and civic leader, Monday announced her candidacy as a Republican for Georgetown County Council stating that her focus would be on protecting the quality of life for Waccamaw Neck residents and protecting taxpayers.

“We live in a wonderful place. Protecting our quality of life and natural resources are vital to our community,” Mercado said. “Growth must be carefully planned and controlled—it cannot exceed our infrastructure capacity. Let’s maintain the beauty of the Waccamaw Neck.”

“We must ensure county government is cost effective with low taxes, while broadening our tax base by expanding economic development in the county's Opportunity Zones,” Mercado continued. “Let’s protect taxpayers and our cherished community we call home.”

Mercado’s Campaign Committee Chairman, former Congressman John Napier said, “I am delighted Stella is offering for the Council. She is articulate and well versed in business and government. She is dedicated to the area. We could not have a more qualified or talented person offering for public service.”

Other members of Mercado’s Campaign Committee are Mike and Kristin Bohan, Gary Cooper, Greg Lunn, Bill and Pam Martin, Brian and Amy Miller, Paul and Maria Reed, Marco Johanning and Joy Burch, Kylie and Gavin Vaughn, Kim and Tom Howard, Lisa Maselli and Robert Horvath, Alexis and Todd Cook, Will and Mandy Davis, Dave and Terri DeCenzo, and Chrissy Harris.

Mercado is running for the District 6 seat currently held by Steve Goggans, who has announced he will not seek reelection next year.

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Mercado, 48, is CEO and board chair of Mercom, a federal information technology contractor, headquartered in Pawleys Island.

She has lived on the Waccamaw Neck for 20 years, serving on the boards of Teach My People and the Coastal Montessori Charter School and its parent teacher organization.

Mercado serves on the boards of the Coastal Carolina University Wall College of Business, Grand Strand Technology Business Council, Charleston Defense Contractors Association, and South Carolina Regional Authority.

Stella has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Grand Strand Technology Council and the Application of Technology Award by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Inc. magazine recognized her as one of only three South Carolina-based women entrepreneurs in the magazine’s Inaugural Impact 50, which identified the top 50 companies led by women in the annual Inc. 5000.

She lives in Litchfield with her husband Mark and sons Alex and Nicolas. They attend Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet.