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Thank you for visiting the Fran Watson for Texas Senate website

I am a Democratic Candidate running for State Senate, District 17, a three-county district covering parts of Harris, Fort Bend, and Brazoria counties.

In 2018, we have the opportunity to build a state government that focuses on elevating the quality of life for all Texans.  A state government where its leaders work on behalf of the people they represent.  A state government that seeks to work on solutions and strategies that break down barriers instead of creating them.

In 2018, we can build a government that puts the People First. 

I am running for Texas Senate because I believe in People First.  At its core, all Texans, regardless of look or circumstance, should have equal access to the opportunity to succeed. 

The shortcomings of these past few legislative sessions have shown the residents of District 17 and the people of Texas deserve better.

Let's start with electing new leadership. 

I am an award-winning attorney, community advocate, and leader with a heart for public service.  You can read more about me by clicking on the Meet Fran tab.  I am qualified and ready to tackle the challenges in Austin by re-shifting the focus back to the people of Texas.

No campaign can be won alone.

I am asking for your support.  You can start by making a secure contribution and help fund the movement of building a state government that focuses on people-centered problem-solving.

You can also sign up to throw a house party and/or volunteer to canvass or phone bank.  If you have ideas about the campaign, there is also a place to share them.  If you want to be involved, there is a place for you.  This is the people’s campaign and together, we will work to unseat those whose leadership hurts Texas.  Together, we will elect a leader who will put the people first. 

Let’s get to work!



Fran Watson

Democratic Candidate for Texas Senate District 17 



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    Fran Receives Her First Two Organizational Endorsements!

    Fran Watson Receives her First Two Organizational Endorsements for Texas State Senate HOUSTON, TX – Candidate for Texas State Senate (District 17) Thursday received the endorsement of the Harris County Tejano Democrats and the Houston Democratic Socialists of America. The Harris County Tejano Democrats, seek full representation of Hispanics at all levels of government. This includes screening, endorsing and supporting candidates who best represent Democratic principles and Hispanic interests. Houston DSA aims to support an open democratic process, and their members work to build and support progressive movements for social change in Houston. "I am honored to receive these important endorsements. Both organizations fight to ensure fairness and equality in our city, which are cornerstones of my campaign. I’m proud to have support from such community-centered organizations as our campaign prepares for the March 6th primary." said Watson. “I am running for office to re-shift the focus in Austin back to where it belongs, the People of Texas. These endorsements matter to me and I am grateful for the support as I continue my mission to work to improve the lives of those that live in Senate District 17, in our city and in our state.”                                                                                                                          More about Fran: Fran Watson is an attorney, certified mediator, and one of the founding partners of Simoneaux & Watson, P.C., a Houston based law firm that focuses on protecting the legacy of families through estate planning and estate administration.  She is also a well-respected community leader who has a passion for equality and believes everyone deserves a life of dignity, equal access, and fair treatment.  Fran has served in leadership at the local, state, and national level in organizations and committees whose missions align with those beliefs.  She has won several awards including being named a 40 under 40 Honoree by the Houston Business Journal and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in Houston.  Fran also served as the 2016 Houston Pride Female Grand Marshal. She is a lifelong Houstonian, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston-Downtown and her law degree from TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Senate District 17 is a three-county district covering parts of Harris, Fort Bend, and Brazoria counties. 
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    Fran is one of 35 LGBTQ Candidates Running in Texas!

    OutSmart Magazine, Houston's LGBTQ magazine, highlights local candidates running in Texas in 2018. According to the magazine, 35 openly LGBTQ candidates have filed to run for public office in Texas, which is the largest in history.  Fran is proud to be a part of this historic slate.  The People First campaign continues.  Click Here to read the profile on Fran.  
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