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Meet Aaron

Aaron Darr is an HIV/AIDS activist, public speaker, author, actor, and television personality.

 

He is currently a news anchor for a nightly news program called Q News Tonight, which airs Monday-Thursday at 7 P.M. on YouTube and Facebook. Since its launch in January, the show has been watched by over 1 million viewers world wide.

 

Aaron is heavily involved with causes concerning women, children, animals, the environment, reducing gun violence, and issues pertaining to the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. When not in school, Aaron works for The U.S. Census Bureau. 

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

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Performing in HBO's From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook

Education

Aaron is currently a Political Science major at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he is finishing the last year of his B.A., as he plans to attend law school in the Fall of 2021 at Shepard Broad College of Law.

Additionally, he is a member of The National Honors Society and Collegiate Scholars. He is also enrolled in the Dual Admissions Program at NOVA Southeastern University. Aaron has also received his Associates Degree in Music Theatre in 2012 from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City, New York. 

​Influencing Politics in Florida

Aaron is the former Secretary of The Dolphin Democrats, the Broward County affiliate of The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus. He is also a former chapter President of The Democratic Women's Club of Pasco County, former Secretary of The Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas, and has previously served on The Bureau of Speakers and The Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee of The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Aaron is also a past Political Director of the College Democrats at The University of Tampa.

 

Additionally, Aaron is also the former Region Lead to The Millennial Council of Ready for Hillary, a fundraising committee of young professionals throughout America. He also served as the Florida State Coordinator of Ready for Hillary, where for 2.5 years, Aaron organized events, voters, fundraisers, and volunteers statewide to lay the groundwork that ultimately led to Hillary for America in Florida. Ready for Hillary disbanded upon the incoming presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and has now become the Super PAC Madame President. Additionally, Aaron has worked on high profile state legislature and municipal campaigns across the Tampa Bay area including the campaigns of former U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Graham and former State Representative Amanda Murphy.

In 2019, Aaron worked as an intern in the congressional district office of U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Additionally, Aaron recently also served on the National Finance Committee of the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Upon the suspension of her presidential campaign, Aaron has now committed to support former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's campaign for president in 2020. 

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POLITICO Magazine, 2014

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Keynoting the Democratic Women's Club of Florida, Inc. 2019 Annual State Convention in St. Augustine, Florida. 

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Volunteering at Poverello with

The Dolphin Democrats, 2020.

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Gwen Graham, Democrat,

for Florida Governor Campaign, 2018.

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Kamala Harris:

For The People, 2019.

Largo City Commission Campaign

In 2015, Aaron made history when he filed to run for office himself. He became the first openly HIV positive person to ever run for office in the state of Florida when he ran for Largo City Commission, Seat 3, in 2016. Aaron would go on to raise thousands of dollars, engage thousands of voters and put forth his message and ideas to voters all across the Tampa Bay area via his campaign that caught statewide attention due in part to a scandal that ultimately led to the arrest of his conservative opponent Robert Avery. Avery was arrested for felony extortion when trying to persuade Aaron Darr to suspend his campaign for Largo City Commission, Seat 3, with baseless threats and empty accusations of inappropriate behavior by that of Mr. Darr.

 

Aaron found this to be distracting and unfair to voters as it began to weigh heavily on his heart and mind, even though there was never any damaging information released about himself, thus paving the way for the dropping of charges against Robert Avery due to the fact that no such damaging information had ever existed on his private digital devices.

 

In spirit of unity and the need for the race for Largo City Commission, Seat 3, to return to a focus on the issues, rather than the illegal behavior of Robert Avery and the discrediting of Aaron’s private life, Aaron would go on to suspend his campaign and later endorse another progressive in the race for Largo City Commission, Neil McMullen. Below are various instances of media coverage (video) of the campaign.

Writing & Philanthropy

Aaron is a public speaker who has embarked on speaking and listening tours across Florida, battle ground states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio. He has also spoken throughout Europe about HIV/AIDS and progressive issues facing everyday Americans, those living with HIV/AIDS, and the LGBTQ+ community. He often speaks about how politics is global and the actions of policies shaped by Americans affect others world wide. This is even more apparent in the historic election of President Donald Trump in 2016 and the continued colonialist and imperialist views of other world powers.

 

Aaron would make the case for the need to address HIV/AIDS policy in America when he keynoted the international HIV/AIDS conference, SMILE, in 2014, in Amsterdam, Netherlands and another in Paris, France, for World AIDS Day 2014.

 

Aaron is currently writing his first book, Becoming Positive: A Teenage HIV Story in the Eyes of Mother & Son, which is written by both Aaron Darr and his mother, Tammie Boord. Both describe their experiences associated with this disease; in particular Tammie’s thoughts on learning her 17 year old child contracted HIV and learned of his diagnosis just two days before Christmas in 2008 while he was still in high school. The book explores Aaron's Baptist faith, teenage homosexuality, health, and the choices that ultimately led him to contracting HIV/AIDS. The book will be available on Amazon in the Fall of 2020.

Aaron is also writing a children's book with infamous Holocaust painter Toby Gotesman Schneier. This book is titled The Colors of HIV/AIDS and will be available for purchase on Amazon in the Fall of 2020 as well. 

Philanthropically, Aaron has worked with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation for years. Much of this work has focused on pediatric cancer cases and bringing access to health care facilities and services to those who otherwise wouldn't have access in the first place due to racial and geographic demographics in New York City. Aaron was also very involved in the opening of The Hank J. Carter Health & Nursing Facility in East Harlem via his work with the NYCHHC. 

In May of 2020, Aaron was elected to the Board of Directors of The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to his election to the Board of Directors of WAM, he also serves on the Programming Committee and the Special Events Committee of WAM. He is heavily involved in this very important nonprofits fundraising.

World AIDS Day 2014: Paris, France

World AIDS Museum & Educational Center, 2020.

Working with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pediatric Cancer Cases
Speaking at an HIV/AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Opening of The Hank J. Carter Health & Nursing Facility in Harlem

Weighing the Future

Aaron is often asked about his own political future when traveling the state of Florida giving speeches and raising funds for candidates, PAC's, and non-profits. The answer is simple. He aims to encourage others to get involved and engaged, especially young people, in the political process in Florida. Aaron remains focused on obtaining his law degree and has since December of 2019, stepped away from any involvement in partisan politics to do so.

 

Aaron has no immediate plans to run for office in the future, if ever again. Aaron does however believe that Florida deserves accountability, leadership, and allies who will be advocates for working families, seniors, children, veterans, young people, minorities, and countless others who live, work, and visit the sunshine state. Aaron remains committed to being an ally in any way he can be in the future.

He remains focused on working with both democrats, republicans, and issue based campaigns in Florida, particularly working with both parties in the state legislature to combat the climate crisis in Florida, sea level rise, protecting our drinking water and the Everglades, while advocating for a state wide ban on the harmful practice known as fracking, as Aaron did during 2019's legislative session while working as an associate organizer for Food and Water Watch.

 

In early 2019, Aaron permanently moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to finish his B.A. at NOVA Southeastern University and plans to obtain his juris doctorate (law degree) soon after. He remains committed to electing down ballot candidates who will protect public education, the environment, and implement legislation to tackle gun violence in Florida while doing his part to  ensure Donald Trump is a one term president.

Aaron remains committed to his work and involvement with The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, The Poinsettia Heights Civic Association, and other community involvement at this time.