David Tillery has been a Tampa Bay resident most of his life living in Carrollwood for over thirty years.
Biography David Tillery
David Tillery has been a Tampa Bay resident most of his life living in Carrollwood for over thirty years. He and his wife, Caroleen, a secretary for Hillsborough County Public Schools, have been married over thirty-five years. He is an entertainer, political activist, caregiver, entrepreneur and volunteer.
David has toured as a band leader, singer-songwriter, and stand-up comedian. He has used his original music to welcome Persian Gulf War veterans home, and his song, Welcome Home, was heard in 130 countries worldwide. David has also shined the light on the American Civil Rights struggle and other societal woes through his music, satire and comedy. David’s activist roots date back to Dukakis; he has worked with every presidential campaign since.
David has been a professional chef, master painter, and sales person. He worked part time through high school to help support his mother and her five kids. As caregivers, he and his wife stepped up to raise his nephew after his sister fell ill. In business-to-business sales, David was a representative for an electronic components distributor, and after fifteen years, he left as a global sales leader. He then went on to focus more time on his own business as a patent-holding inventor and publisher of a dart-themed game.
David has a rescue Quaker parrot, Lucky, who brings joy to his family. He is an avid gardener who grows tropical fruits, vegetables and rare flowers. Since 2015, David serves as the President and founder of the North Tampa Dart Association, a non-profit organization that supports charities through fundraising tournaments. For decades, David has volunteered for many important causes. He is the founder of the “Cans For Comedy Open Mic Show” which supports the Homeless Helping Homeless emergency shelter here in Tampa.
about bringing common sense solutions to his community, new ideas to government, and a positive change for Florida! Now he is a Candidate for Florida House of Representatives District 66 and is asking for your vote this November 8th.
Community Support History
1994 & 95’ Produced and performed in Live Music Fundraisers for Feed Our Children
1995- Member of the Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council
1998-2000- Feed Our Children- Worked with and toured with Chaplin Moses Brown, help feed over 3000 needy children for Thanksgiving Day events.
2000 Board Member for Special Tax District 13
2004- Club Secretary for the Tampa Bay Magic Club- also produced their annual live benefit show.
2013- Corporate Sponsor for 98 Rock’s MidFlorida CU Amphitheater’s Halloweenie Roast with Alice Cooper
2013-Member of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce.
2014- Volunteer for AARP- public awareness campaign to protect Social Security.
2015-Present- North Tampa Dart Association Founder and President- CH43886. –Produced multiple fund raisers for the USO Airport and Autism Speaks
2016 Founder and admin for Carrollwood Dem Volunteers
2017 Founder and admin for “How Dare You” on Facebook and YouTube, dedicated to protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
2018- Member of the Brandon Loyal Order of Moose.
2015-Present- North Tampa Dart Association Founder and President- CH43886.
2020-Present- Executive Board Member for the Florida Dart Association.
2022- Founder of “Cans For Comedy” Events to organize donations for Homeless Helping Homeless.
Original Music & Activism
David is also an original recording artist. His first song, “Welcome Home”( 1991), was a non-partisan tribute to the Persian Gulf War Troops, which aired in 130 countries by Armed Forces Radio and was well received by the Army History Museum and President Bush.
David’s second recorded song, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Pres. John F. Kennedy, “Too Many Good Die Young (1992) was well received by The King Center, The Kennedy Center and then presidential candidate Bill Clinton. He performed in schools and churches across the state with Chaplin Moses Brown.
David’s third recorded song, “The Story” (2016) is a tribute to the great peaceful protest singers of the 60’s & 70’s that covers the current problems of today’s society’s woes. He performed the song live at local progressive peaceful rallies supported by the Democratic Party. The message of the song is for humanity to unite in peace and understanding for each other.
As an activist, in 2017, he started the group, “How Dare You” on Facebook, YouTube, and became an advocate to protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. People responded by taking the How Dare You Challenge, where they responded with 30 second videos telling their state lawmakers their personal story and urging them to not take away their most needed benefits. Those videos were then posted and shared on State lawmaker’s social media accounts. David also met with Rep. Kathy Castor multiple times and told his personal story and gave valuable advice regarding patient’s issues for the elderly in assisted living facilities.