Laura O’Halloran, a tea party organizer, is running for the 81st District seat for the House of Representatives.

“It’s time that Louisiana is represented by individuals whose values accurately reflect the conservative beliefs of our great state,” O’Halloran said in a prepared statement. “Like the amazing impact that the Louisiana Purchase had on our growing country in 1803, together we can RePurchase Louisiana and make a grand impact on our state with true conservative representation.”

O’Halloran, 39, said she would work to limit government, stand up for traditional family values, and promote prosperity in Louisiana.

She was a founder and president of the Tea Party of Livingston Parish and a co-founder of the River Parishes Tea Party.

She serves on the Tea Party Patriots’ National Council. She has been an activist since 2009 in anti-tax movements.

House District 81 had been in Metairie. Because of decreases in population in the New Orleans area and increases in the Baton Rouge area, the seat was shifted northwest during redistricting earlier this year.

District 81 includes portions of Livingston, Ascension, St. James and St. John parishes, including the communities of Port Vincent, French Settlement, Springfield, Sorrento, Lutcher and Reserve.

Eighty percent of the district’s 41,132 residents are white and 54 percent live in Livingston Parish south of Interstate 12.

O’Halloran grew up in a military family; her father was an U.S. Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War. She attended Airline High School in Bossier City. She has worked in the banking and finance industry.

She’s a past president of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sigma Alpha Lamda Chapter, a group dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement.

She has served as a substitute teacher for Livingston Parish School system for three years.

O’Halloran lives in Denham Springs with her daughter Alexis, who is a junior at Walker High School in Walker.