Aaron Del Mar is a dedicated father, public servant, and entrepreneur who is proud to call Palatine Township home for the last 3 decades. A passion for service to our country and our community drive Aaron to make our township the best place to live, work, and raise a family. As Highway Commissioner, Aaron has a proven track record fighting for lower property taxes, fiscal responsibility, and safe and clear roadways while implementing innovative solutions.
Born and raised in Palatine, Del Mar attended District 15 schools and graduated from Palatine High School in 1996. Aaron returned home upon earning a degree in Public Management from Indiana University and an MBA Essentials Certificate from the University of Illinois to start a small business and a family. Aaron and Sara call Palatine home and are proud parents of six children who are active in the community, attend local schools and play multiple sports. As a community volunteer, Aaron has devoted his time as a substitute teacher, room parent, and coach for his children’s football, wrestling, softball, and basketball programs.
Service to community has always a driving force for Del Mar. In 2009 Aaron was elected as the youngest and first minority councilman for the Village of Palatine. He serves as a Fire Trustee for the Palatine Township Rural Fire Protection District, and in 2018 Aaron was appointed to the Illinois International Port Authority and confirmed by the Illinois State Senate the Mayor of Chicago for a 3-year term. Aaron currently serves as the Palatine Township Highway Commissioner.
As a local entrepreneur and small businessman, Aaron has founded several companies right here in Palatine Township. They include Adrenaline Special Events LLC, which produces running races and endurance events across the country including the nationally acclaimed Santa Hustle Race Series, and US Casino Rentals, which specializes in event planning for corporate and non-profit organizations, with more than 14 employees and 250 subcontractors nationwide.
Del Mar’s leadership has earned many accolades and awards from the community including being named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ prestigious 2019 Notable Entrepreneurs List. Aaron was also honored to receive the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Community Leadership Award in 2019. The Daily Herald named Aaron their 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was also recognized by the Palatine Chamber of Commerce as the “Hero/Heart of the Community” winner of their 2017 Keys to Success award.
As your Highway Commissioner, Del Mar is focused on finding commonsense solutions, keeping our roadways open and safe while being a strong steward of taxpayer money. Since taking over the Palatine Township Road District in 2016, Aaron implemented a strict freeze on property taxes lowering the tax levy by $125,000. Upon reelection, Aaron plans to reduce the levy by another $500,000 over the next four years while maintaining a superior level of services for residents.