Data Driven Voter Outreach

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
  • Elected PC – LD2
  • An Arizona Republican Party State Committeeman representing LD2 – 2018-2020, and 2020-2022

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
  • Served on the Pima GOP nominations committee in 2018

Additional Community Involvement:

  • Cub Master for pack 328 for 4 years
  • Assistant Cub Master for 1 year
  • Recreation league sports coach for soccer, basketball, and volleyball
  • Junior Achievement – taught elementary students the JA curriculum
  • Habitat for Humanity – volunteered to help build homes
  • Neighborhood Watch Co-Coordinator for 3 years – Madera Highlands
  • HOA advisory committee member for 1 year – Madera Highlands
  • Member of American Legion
  • Member of NRA
  • Member of the Quail Creek Republican Club
  • Member of the United Republicans of Green Valley/Sahuarita

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.


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