- Divisions:City Council
- Phone:(941) 575-3323
- Fax:(941) 575-3365
Term 2016 - 2018
Rachel grew up in Charlotte County, completing K-12 in Charlotte County Public Schools. She graduated Charlotte High School in 1987 and went on to graduate from the University of Florida in 1991. Rachel earned an Education Degree and taught middle and high school in Lee and Charlotte counties. Rachel has been an active volunteer in the local schools and in the community. She has recently completed a Master's Degree in Educational Technology at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Rachel is in her fourth term on City Council and currently serves as Mayor. She previously served as the Vice Mayor in 2012/2013 and Mayor in 2013/2014. Rachel co-chaired the City's 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2012, which entailed organizing many community events for all to enjoy.
Rachel and her husband, Klint, have been City residents for more than 20 years and are raising their family here. The Keesling's enjoy boating, traveling and attending sporting events (Go Rays!). Rachel strives to make a difference in her community and to preserve the unique character of Punta Gorda for the next generation.