Aaron B Del Mar is an entrepreneur and public servant from Palatine, IL. He currently serves as the Palatine Township Highway Commissioner and Palatine Township Republican Committeeman, and previously served on the Palatine Village Council and as the Cook County Republican Party Chairman.
An entrepreneur and small businessman, Aaron founded several companies. They include Adrenaline Sports Management, which produces running races and endurance events across the country including the nationally acclaimed Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K, and US Casino Rentals, which specializes in event planning, promotions, and marketing for fundraising events for non-profits. Del Mar founded Fathers Helping Fathers in 2006 after a 3 year struggle to get time with his son, Konnor, which successfully concluded in Aaron getting sole custody after considerable emotional and legal efforts.
Del Mar has prioritized service to his hometown community. He was the first minority and youngest person ever elected to the Palatine Village Council, where he served from 2009-2013. He serves as a Fire Trustee for the Palatine Township Rural Fire Protection District, and was recently appointed to serve as the Palatine Township Highway Commissioner.
He is also a leader in his political party. In 2012, Del Mar became the first minority elected by his peers to lead the Cook County Republican Party. As Chairman for four years, he often took bold stands, including leading the fight to purge Democrat influence from the Party by removing Democrat plants and stopping the County Clerk from filling Republican Election Judge positions with Democrats. Under his leadership, the Party began fighting corruption and vote fraud in Cook County, filled over 96% of precincts with Republican Election Judges, and ensured the integrity of elections in the county. He also instituted a first-of-its-kind program to provide support to Republican Township and Ward Committeemen, instituted minority outreach programs, and coordinated field offices that made several hundred thousand voter contacts in the 2012 and 2014 elections. Del Mar is also currently serving his second term as the Palatine Township Republican Committeeman.
Del Mar has publically supported a number of prominent Republican candidates. He served as a 2012 Presidential Elector from Illinois for Mitt Romney, and was selected as an At-Large Delegate to nominate Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. He ran as a delegate for John Kasich for President, personally hosting a town hall with him in Palatine and securing the Cook County Republican Party endorsement. In 2014, Del Mar was one of the first public officials to endorse Bruce Rauner for Governor and helped now-Governor Rauner earn the early endorsement of the Cook County Republican Party. He is also a frequent guest and pundit on Chicagoland television and radio stations.
Aaron Bacevic Del Mar was born as an only child to Bacevic & Betty Del Mar and was raised in Palatine, Illinois. A product of District 15 & 211 schools (Gray M. Sanborn & Walter Sundling), he graduated from Palatine High School in 1996. During his high school career, he was on the varsity wrestling team, earning All-State honors and setting several school records. Del Mar earned a scholarship to Indiana University-Bloomington and graduated with a degree in Public Management from their nationally-ranked school of Public and Environmental Affairs. During his time at Indiana, he was a varsity letter winner in wrestling, a three-time Judo All-American, and a member of the 2000 University World Judo Team. Del Mar went on to be a resident athlete for Judo at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.