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Backer files to run against McNamar in District 12A

Small business owner and former Browns Valley Mayor Jeff Backer filed for State Representative at the Traverse County Courthouse, officially submitting the necessary paperwork to appear on the August 12 primary ballot as the endorsed Republican candidate.

Backer is seeking the House District 12A seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, which includes part of Douglas County.

“While filing for office makes my candidacy official, the truth is we’ve been working hard to meet, listen to and learn the concerns and priorities of folks in western Minnesota for well over eight months,” Backer said.

The District 12A seat is currently represented by first term Democrat incumbent Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake.

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 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.

More information about his campaign is on the website,

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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