John Backer Bio

John Backer was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee and is a lifelong Republican. The Air Force brought him to Tucson on July 4, 1984 to serve as an Aircraft Electrician on the A-10 at Davis-Monthan – later working on F-16s and A-7s at the Arizona National Guard in Tucson. John has spent most of his adult life in the Tucson area. He is married and the father of a blended family of 4 adult daughters and a teenaged son – John is also a grandfather of 3 children ranging in age from 2 to 10.

John has earned four college degrees including a Master, Bachelor, and two Associates degrees.

He is currently serving our community as:

  • The Vice Chairman of the Town of Sahuarita Planning and Zoning Commission
  • A Pima County Board of Adjustment commissioner for Pima County District 4
  • An Arizona Republican Party State Committeeman representing LD2

Previously, John served our community as:

  • LD2 3rd vice chair
  • LD2 1st vice chair (for a short time prior to running for County Supervisor)
  • Served on the Town of Sahuarita visioning committee for the Sahuarita Square project

In addition to running for public office himself twice, he has helped several Republican candidates including Brandon Martin in his Congressional race:

  • conducted data analysis for the campaign
  • participated in flag waves
  • walked neighborhoods
  • leveraged social media
  • participated in events
  • texted thousands of voters for Brandon

John has 30 years of technology experience – spending the last 10 years working at IBM on a World-Wide Visual Analytics Team which helped clients:

  • Fight terrorism
  • Find fraud, waste, and abuse
  • Make sense out of large amounts of data

Over the last year, John has been working for Zinatt Technologies, Inc. a Tucson based company as their Director of Business Development and Client Success. As an integral part of the business, he has trained and coached staff in sales techniques and technical topics, spearheaded the company’s efforts to establish their social media presence and rebrand the company website – greatly improving the company’s ability to grow their business. Zinatt is proud to serve the law enforcement community, and the founder and CEO is former law enforcement investigator. John is also a Realtor and owns Southern Arizona Virtual Tours – a company that produces self-guided virtual tours for his real estate clients and other Realtors.

John has built a significant personal and social media reach through his political campaigns and his business ventures.

Letters of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern,

It is my pleasure to endorse John Backer for Chairman of Legislative District 2 (LD2). I have known John for a number of years and I trust his heart, intentions, and policy beliefs. John will be a tremendous asset to further promote the aggressive work that has been started in LD2.

John served with honor in the U.S. Air Force and is a patriot willing to serve again, this time in his community. John’s experience in leadership and with technology is a force multiplier. John’s understanding of how to gather data and then to delegate will be important in GOP business.

We need true conservatives to help fill the ranks and continue the work started these past few years in LD2. I believe in a military philosophy of rotating new people into leadership roles. This allows for expansion and fresh thoughts on how to grow. After John leaves his command stamp on LD2, I know another capable and enthusiastic Republican will step up and help grow the party.

In Liberty,

Brandon Martin


To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to endorse John Backer for Chairman of Legislative District 2.

I have known and worked with John for several years. He is an honest individual with good conservative beliefs. He has served in the military and in the civilian world in the field of Intelligence gathering and

cyber security. His leadership skills and understanding of the political system make him an ideal candidate for the position of Chairman.

I believe the future of LD2 will be brighter with the selection of John Backer at its helm. It is important to stay focused on the conservative goals of the District and I believe John is the person to lead us



Kim DeMarco


To Whom It May Concern:

I am proud to endorse John Backer for Chairman Legislative District 2. I have worked with John closely for the past year and have known John for a few years now. John is one to step in to help when duty calls and can see things from different perspectives for the betterment of the situation. I admire the way John approaches issues from an unbiased perspective always looking to resolve matters in the most peaceful, beneficial way for all involved. John constantly demonstrates great leadership skills and puts others before himself in any situation and puts his heart into everything he does.

I highly recommend John Backer for LD2 as our community needs leaders like John who can bring positive change when we need it the most. In our community we need a leader who brings the best out of others and can create a win-win scenario for all involved. John has an impeccable reputation. One that has an unmatched level of integrity and passion for people. John has earned the respect and trust from family members and friends because of his indisputable character.


Gabriel Reina

CEO of Zinatt Technologies Inc


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