Backer to Run for Minnesota State Representative

Lifelong resident and Small Business Owner Seeks to Put Greater Minnesota Priorities First

Small business owner and former Browns Valley Mayor Jeff Backer today announced his candidacy for State Representative in House District 12A, which consists of all of Big Stone, Grant, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties and the western half of Douglas and Pope counties.

Backer believes that first term Democrat incumbent Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake has ignored Greater Minnesota families, seniors, farmers, small business owners, students and schools, and that change in the region’s representation is needed.

“From income, farm equipment, adoption and warehouse tax increases, to an unfair education funding formula to wasteful spending and legalizing same-sex marriage, “Metro” Jay McNamar has voted in lockstep with Minneapolis and St. Paul legislators on every single issue,” Backer said.

Backer has 14 years of local government and school board service in addition to serving his state and community as a member of the Minnesota Board of Police Officers Standards and Training; volunteer ambulance EMT; member of the Lions Club and as an active volunteer in his church.

Backer lists his legislative priorities as the promotion of job creation and growth of main street economies; a reduced regulatory burden on farmers and small business owners; fair education funding, reform and accountability; and support for seniors, pro-life, pro-family and Second Amendment initiatives.

“At a time when we needed a strong voice, Metro Jay was astray,” Backer stated. “I’ll bring Greater Minnesota common-sense to the Capitol and work with members of both parties to get things accomplished,” Backer said.

Backer has been married for 20 years and his daughter Brittany is a junior at CGB (Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley) High School. The family regularly attends Zion Lutheran Church in Browns Valley.