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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

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.

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 Reelected Cook County GOP Chair

Aaron Del Mar Reelected Cook County GOP Chair.

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.

Citizens for Aaron B. Del Mar. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois
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