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Backer to run for state representative in District 12A

Small business owner and former Browns Valley Mayor Jeff Backer announced Wednesday 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.

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Jeff Backer, Browns Valley MayorIn his news release, Backer said he 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.

Backer said that McNamar has supported legislation that benefits the metro areas on several issues. As examples, he listed income, farm equipment, adoption, warehouse tax increases, education funding and legalizing same-sex marriage.

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 said he would bring “Greater Minnesota common-sense to the Capitol and work with members of both parties to get things accomplished.”

Backer has been married for 20 years and his daughter Brittany is a junior at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley High School.