On Monday, salon owner and activist Shelley Luther announced she is making a run for the Texas House of Representatives.

Luther made headlines last year for opening her Dallas hair salon in defiance of state and local shutdown orders.

As a result, Luther was jailed for two days until the Texas Supreme Court intervened. Since then, she has become a leading figure of the movement against onerous government mandates issued in response to the Chinese coronavirus.

After running unsuccessfully in a special election for Senate District 30 last year, in which she was defeated in a runoff election by State Sen. Drew Springer (R–Muenster), Luther is now setting her sights on House District 62.

“In the past year and a half, we have discovered a desperate need for true conservatives in our legislature who have the courage to stand up for the people of Texas’,’ said Luther. “It’s time for a state representative who will address the priorities established by our party and stop making excuses for shady backroom deals and inaction while our state is under siege. Right now in Texas, illegals flood our border unopposed, children are being taught to hate each other for their skin color, and people are being forced out of work for not taking an experimental COVID vaccine.”

“Texas is leading from behind. All across the district, people are telling me they want an elected official who will be accountable to the voters and not the Austin Swamp. I have the grit and backbone to stand up for liberty and a track record to prove it. It would be my greatest honor to serve the people of HD 62 as their State Representative and take the conservative fight to Austin.”

Currently represented by State Rep. Reggie Smith (R–Van Alstyne), HD 62 is a North Texas District containing Grayson, Fannin, Delta, and Franklin counties. During his two terms in office, Smith has earned a 66 on the Fiscal Responsibility Index, as well as a 60 by Texas Right to Life.

The Republican primary election is currently slated to take place on March 1, 2022.