John Backer for Supervisor

John Backer for Pima County Supervisor - District 2

Tom Murphy Endorsement Bill Bracco Endorsement Diane Priolo Endorsement
I'm John Backer, an Air Force Veteran (A-10 Electrician) with over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, where I've successfully tackled complex challenges across various sectors, including law enforcement.

At the core of problem-solving is active listening, a quality I deeply value. Sadly, our current supervisor has repeatedly demonstrated a refusal to listen to the voices of Pima County residents.

I’m running for the board of supervisors because the current board has been playing "board games" with the residents of Pima county - The board has been spending our tax dollars like it is Monopoly money. The board has been keeping our residents in poverty by causing nothing but Trouble for potential employers. The board either doesn’t care or understand the Risk being faced by our residents from crime, fentanyl, and the overwhelming numbers of immigrants. It is time to elect me to serve you on the Pima Board of Supervisors and end the Aggravation we have all been experiencing, and rest assured, I will ensure your concerns, ideas, and thoughts are not just acknowledged but truly heard. -


Additional Endorsements


Wakeup! Tucson Interview - Jan 26, 2024
News Story about the Supervisor Race - District 2

About John

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 an adult son – John is also a grandfather of 5 (soon to be 6) children ranging in age from newborn to 13.

John has earned four college degrees including a Masters, Bachelors, and two Associates degrees.

John is currently serving our community as:
  • The Chairman of the Town of Sahuarita Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Elected PC – LD19

Previously, John served our community as:
  • An Arizona Republican Party State Committeeman representing LD2 – 2018-2020, and 2020-2022
  • A Pima County Board of Adjustment commissioner for Pima County District 4
  • 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

In addition to running for public office himself twice, he has helped several Republican candidates including his daughter Brianna Hamilton who won a seat on the Flowing Wells School Board. John helped by:
  • conducting data analysis for the campaign
  • participating in flag waves
  • walking neighborhoods
  • leveraging social media
  • participating in events
  • texting voters


John has 30 years of technology experience – including 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 4.5+ years, John has been working for a Tucson based software company as their Director of Business Development and Client Success. The company and John are proud to serve the law enforcement community.

John is also a Realtor and leads The Backer Team consisting of real estate agents from Nogales to Tucson and reaching into Phoenix.

Click here to see John's full work history on LinkedIn.

Sign Nominating Petition

On April 1,2024 (no April Fools), our campaign turned in our signatures to appear on the primary ballot on July 30, 2024 - Thank you!

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