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Friday, November 2, 2018 11:00 AM

Politically divided couples navigate a period when elections are divisive — and inescapable

“You can’t not talk about it,” said Palatine’s Aaron Del Mar. “We get 25 pieces of mail a week. We get constant robocalls and texts.”

Del Mar was born and raised in Chicago by a “hard-core Dem” mom, he said. His partner, Sara Cox, was raised in a family of Republicans. As they grew older and established their own lives and values, each shifted away from the politics they were raised with.

Del Mar is a Palatine Township Republican committeeman and was appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to the Illinois International Port Authority earlier this year.

Cox identifies herself as a liberal Democrat.

The couple live together in Palatine, where they’re raising six kids — three from his previous marriage, two from hers and one they had together.

“I know she’s not going to vote for some of the candidates I need to win,” Del Mar said. “This election has a direct effect on my job. If Bruce Rauner doesn’t get elected, there will be significant effects on the Republican Party in Illinois, and I’ll be directly affected. But what am I going to do? Tell her how to vote? No way.”

They had one fight, over immigration, that ended with Del Mar leaving the house and sleeping in his office.

Del Mar and Cox said they’ve learned to identify when a debate is going off the rails.

“We’ll say, ‘We have to stop talking about this. We can talk about it later, but it’s getting too heated,’” Cox said. “Things have gotten so extreme, and I don’t think it’s good for our country or our relationships.”


Friday, November 2, 2018 10:00 AM

How Pritzker, Rauner campaign workers are sizing up the suburban vote

With days to go before Illinois' gubernatorial election, Democrat Kristina Zahorik and Republican Aaron Del Mar are planting lawn signs, running phone banks and walking suburban precincts like there's no tomorrow.

You can't take anything for granted in the bruising race between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker, said Del Mar, of Palatine, and Zahorik, of McHenry County.

"If our people come out and vote, we're going to win," predicts Del Mar, Palatine Township Republican Organization committeeman. "Right now, we've got to get our people to the polls."


Wednesday, October 3, 2018 12:00 AM

2018 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Honorees

2018 YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Aaron Del Mar, Adrenaline Special Events, Palatine

Throughout his life, Aaron Del Mar has always had a competitive spirit and a passion for success. He has channeled this passion into creating and managing his own businesses that draw over one million dollars in revenue. His business, Adrenaline Special Events, or ASE, is an event management company specializing in the formation and production of athletic events.

ASE hosts events throughout the nation and is most known for its Santa and Halloween Hustle 5K races, with proceeds supporting a local charity.

Del Mar has also founded the organization, 'Fathers Helping Fathers', a front-runner in the struggle to raise awareness about the positive influence a father has on child development and on family structure itself. The significance of Aaron's work for this organization is the strong proponent of changing legislation to give fathers more rights, responsibility, and accountability in child custody cases.

Del Mar also plays an active role in his community which includes coaching and mentoring for young children, political aspirations, and continually donating his time and money to various charitable organizations.


Monday, September 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Chicago Santa Hustle Announces New Partnership with Pediatric Cancer Foundation

September is Child Cancer Awareness Month, and the Santa Hustle Race Series, LLC is proud to announce a new partnership with the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Cancer is currently the leading cause of death for children under the age of 15 in the United States. This topic hits close to home for The Santa Hustle Race Series, LLC, since the children of two of their employees have children who are fighting the disease or are in remission.

"Last year, more than 15,000 children were diagnosed with cancer," said the Santa Hustle Race Series founder, Aaron Del Mar, "We are determined to put our gloves in the ring and do our part to help fund the fight against this disease, especially since it hits so close to home for us."

The Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit that focuses on brightening the lives of children with cancer by granting them mini wishes through their Bear Hug Program. The foundation's Bear Discovery program donates funds to the foundation in hopes of finding a cure, and to provide new therapies for various types of pediatric cancer.

The Santa Hustle is a family-friendly event that creates an exciting environment for participants and spectators of all ages, while embracing the reason for the season! This year's 5k participants will receive a Santa hat, beard and a performance hoodie to wear while running, a finisher medal, and new for 2018-the option to add on the Mrs. Claus package, which includes a red tutu, arm warmers, candy cane socks and two face tattoos. Cookie and candy stations, along with holiday music and cheer, will abound along the course. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Rudolph Run for children.

Santa Hustle prides itself on making a difference in the lives of others. In addition to donating race proceeds to The Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the event is also an official drop-off spot for unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program.

For more information, visit www.santahustle.com/chicago/. Call 847-829-4536, or email info@santahustle.com. For more information on this foundation, please visit www.bearnecessities.org.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 12:00 AM

Pritzker, Rauner storm the suburbs in battle for swing voters

"I think (Rauner) knows the suburbs are his base ... and he's shoring up that support," said Aaron Del Mar, Cook County Republican Central Committee deputy chairman.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Palatine Chamber of Commerce Announces 'Keys to Success' Winners

Hero/Heart of the Community Winners: Aaron Del Mar, Let's Pitch in Palatine and Kate Johnson, Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council


Monday, November 6, 2017 12:00 AM

‘Let’s Pitch in Palatine’ Takes Over Annual Township Food Pantry Drive

A new charity called 'Let's Pitch in Palatine' will take over the Palatine Township Food Drive that is held annually leading up to the holiday season.

For 13 years, former Palatine law firm Lavelle Law sponsored the yearly drive, but due to space restrictions at the firm's new Schaumburg location, representatives stated they are no longer able to participate. Upon learning that the food drive was in need of a sponsor to provide collection boxes and deliver the donations to the Township, Palatine businessman and elected official Aaron Del Mar decided to take up the cause.

"It would have been a difficult year without the assistance provided by Lavelle Law, with so many of our residents in-need," said Palatine Township Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson. "We are pleased Aaron Del Mar has picked up this project and started the charity 'Let's Pitch In Palatine' to address this need."


Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:00 AM

A diversity check of Illinois’ RNC delegation

Illinois at-large delegate Aaron Del Mar, of Palatine, has a Filipino and French Canadian background. For him immigration is a cornerstone and selling point of Trump’s platform. He says his dad and aunts immigrated to the U.S., and played by the rules.

“There are no free rides. My dad would stand with that, my family,” he said. “A lot of people who came legally are on our side. Why should everyone else get to cut in line and get to bypass when they’ve had to work and earn their way over?”

Del Mar says the portrayal of the Republican Party as made of “staunch, white bankers, you know, in the three-piece suit” isn’t accurate. Just look at him: “You don’t get any more diverse than a Filipino, French-Canadian, you know?

Del Mar has had success moving up; until he decided not to run again earlier this year, he was chair of the Cook County GOP. But at the same time, he says the party needs to do more work. He says he’s often the youngest, brownest person at GOP events, and that there isn’t any active recruiting of Muslims, Jews, blacks, Latinos or Asians.

“Yes, we’ll be accepting of everybody. But we need to actively pursue and bring those people on our side. That has been historically a stronghold of the Democrats. So a lot of people figure that you know, there’s no way we’ll be able to pull those guys to our party. But I think that’s a loser mentality. I think that if we actively go after those specific groups and develop those relationships, that we’ll be way more successful and we’ll garner more votes,” he said.


Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:28 PM

Del Mar To Head Road District In Palatine

Palatine Township Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson said Del Mar was chosen to take over the post due to his extensive qualifications, which include a bachelor’s degree in public management, experience as a Palatine councilman, small business ownership, as well as his knowledge and commitment to the community. Journal&Topics


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 PM

Palatine Township Appoints Del Mar Highway Commissioner

The Palatine Township Board voted to appoint Aaron Del Mar, committeeman of the Palatine Township Republican Organization, as the new highway commissioner at its Monday meeting after former commissioner Tom Kaider resigned effective Monday, due to personal and health-related issues. DailyHerald.com


Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:26 PM

Aaron Del Mar Fires 13 Chicago GOP Committeemen

As his final move as Cook County GOP chairman, Aaron Del Mar of Palatine fired more than a dozen committeemen who have voted in a Democratic primary during the previous eight years.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:44 AM

Aaron Del Mar Re-elected Cook County GOP Chair

Aaron Del Mar Reelected Cook County GOP Chair. Patch.com


Wednesday, April 20, 2011 10:47 AM

Aaron Del Mar Elected Chairman of Cook County Republicans

Last night Cook County Republicans selected Palatine Township Republican Committeeman Aaron Del Mar to lead the Cook County Republican Party. ChicagoNow.com


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