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Jeff Backer announces bid for District 12A seat

Jeff Backer

Small business owner and former Browns Valley Mayor Jeff Backer 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.

Backer is the second candidate to announce his intention to see the Republican endorsement in District 12A.

In December, Morris business owner Nancy Taffe announced her intent to seek the endorsement