Businessman John Backer announces candidacy for Pima County Board of Supervisors District 4


Republican political newcomer John Backer announced his bid for the open seat in District 4, Pima County Board of Supervisors. From his Facebook campaign  page:

“I want to announce that I have entered the race to become the next Pima County Supervisor for District 4. This is my first campaign, but something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. As we face challenges in our communities and our country, I’ve come to understand that I have been called on to play a more active role in creating solutions and giving a voice to those I plan to serve. There will be much more information coming, and I want to thank you in advance for supporting my campaign. “

His campaign website:  Bio below from his website.  Already running for this seat now that Supervisor Ray Carroll has announced his retirement,  are Marla Closen and Steve Christy, all Republicans. There is no announced Democrat in this race, as yet. 

John Backer
John Backer

John Backer first arrived in Tucson on July 4, 1984 – coming to Tucson to serve active duty in the Air Force at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  In the Air Force, John was as an aircraft electrician on the A-10 aircraft and served with distinction – earning an early promotion by competing with 7 other airmen in appearing before a board.  After completing his enlistment John remained in Tucson and developed a diverse work history, which will serve his fellow citizens well as he serves his fellow citizens as the District 4 Pima County Supervisor.

John purchased his first home on Tucson’s east side near Harrison and 22nd and owned that home for approximately 10 years.  Since the summer of 2007, John and his family have lived in Sahuarita and has been active in the community.

John and his wife are parents to 5 children.  Four daughters are grown and their son is 11 years old.  John and his wife are proud grandparents of a 5 year old grand daughter and a 10 month old grandson.


Diverse Career

  • Technology – 25 years of technology experience primarily programming. In 1996 John lead a team in writing a county Treasure system which was at one time used by approximately 25% of the counties in Arizona. Most recently John has been working with intelligence analysts and law enforcement across America
  • Realtor – Currently a licensed Realtor – first licensed in the early 90s, continuously licensed since 2008
  • Teacher – Taught Computer Science courses at a college level as a adjunct instructor for over 4 years
  • Business owner – Owned traditional and home based businesses
  • Insurance Agent – Currently a licensed insurance agent


  • Master’s Degree – Information Technology
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Organization Management
  • Associate of Applied Science – Engineering
  • Associate of Applied Science – Aircraft Systems Technology

Active in the community

  • Cub Master of Pack 328 for 4 years and Assistant Cub Master for 1 year.
  • Coached Youth Sports teams – Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball
  • Served as Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
  • Served on an advisory committee to a builder controlled Home Owner Association
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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).