Salon owner who refused coronavirus lockdown orders makes Texas Senate runoff

A Dallas salon owner who disobeyed Texas’ coronavirus lockdown restrictions and refused to close even after she received citations and was arrested has made the runoff for a Texas state senate election.

In the six-person race, Shelley Luther and fellow Republican finished in a near tie. Luther received 31.7% of the vote and Drew Springer, a four-term holder of a state legislature seat, received 31.83% of the vote. The winner will take over the seat vacated by Republican Pat Fallon who resigned to run for a U.S. House seat.

The North Texas district includes parts of the Dallas suburbs as well as Fort Worth and Wichita Falls.

Luther spent two days in jail for defying Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency orders. She rebounded from her arrest and her salon being shut down by receiving $500,000 in donations.

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