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Backer wins Republican endorsement

Browns Valley School Board member and small business owner Jeff Backer won the first ballot endorsement of western Minnesota Republicans at the House District 12A Republican Convention held in Elbow Lake on Saturday, March 22.

House District 12A includes all of Big Stone, Grant, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties and the western half of Douglas and Pope counties.

Backer won the endorsement over Nancy Taffe of Morris and will face-off against first-term Democrat incumbent Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake in the November election.

At the convention, Backer said that he will aggressively campaign in all seven counties of House District 12A and plans to spend the next seven months visiting door-to-door, farm-to-farm and business-to-business.

“I’m looking forward to learning the concerns of the families, farmers and small business owners of western Minnesota, from Ortonville in the south to Wolverton in the north and from Browns Valley in the west to Brandon in the east and in every community in-between,” Backer said.

Backer is serving his second term as a member of the Browns Valley School Board and is the former three-term mayor of Browns Valley.

Backer has served as a volunteer EMT for the Browns Valley Ambulance Service for nearly 18 years. He has also served on the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Backer and brother have operated a small business for 23 years, BW Incorporated, which currently employs 14 people.

He is married and has one daughter. The family attends Zion Lutheran Church.

For more information about the Jeff Backer for House campaign, contact Backer at (701) 361-1909 or visit