State Rep. Linda Tyler has announced her candidacy for the Arkansas State Senate. 

"After much soul searching and prayer, and countless hours of talking to people here in Conway and Faulkner County, I feel called to continue to serve our community. Today, I am announcing my candidacy for the Arkansas State Senate," she said in a video announcement shared with supporters.

She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the new Senate District 35, which includes part of Perry County and part of Faulkner County, including Conway.

"When I retired from Acxiom, my love for Conway, and my personal faith, drew me into serving you in the Arkansas House. My faith has always guided me, while striving to maintain the highest ethical standards in my personal and professional life," Tyler said.

She said she has always made people her priority over any political agenda. 

"I worked to balance the state budget, to create jobs, to improve public safety, and to help organizations like the Conway Senior Citizens Center and Boys and Girls Clubs to get access to existing transportation money for essential shuttle services," she said. 

During her four years as a state representative for District 45, Tyler co-sponsored part of the largest tax cut in Arkansas history, which has cut the grocery tax by hundreds of millions of dollars, and she said she is committed to "finishing the job." In the 2011 session, Tyler voted for more than $35 million in tax cuts to provide tax relief for Arkansas families and small business owners. 

Tyler and her husband, Hugh, have lived in Conway more than 40 years. They graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, raised both their children in the Conway Public School system and are members of First United Methodist Church. She worked her way up in Conway’s business community before retiring after 20 years with Acxiom. Today, she is a small business owner with her son.

She is a member of the Fayetteville Shale Caucus, supporting smart growth of natural gas exploration that has led to job creation in many communities across Arkansas.