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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.  

I am running because I believe in People First, which means that 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.

In 2018, there is an 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.

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 smart, strategic, and I know how to get things done- something that has been lacking in Austin.

I ask that you invest in the People First campaign.   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 


  • Upcoming events

    Sunday Fran-day

    When: Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM
    Where: Home of Patrick Dickson and Daniel Ahles in Houston, TX


    Fran has made the runoff election!

    Join us on Sunday March 25th at noon and make your Sunday Funday a Sunday Fran-day!

    Your support will help fund critical efforts to win the run-off and send Fran Watson to the Texas Senate! 

    It's time for a State Senator who puts people first and that Senator will be Fran!

    Mimosas and light bites will be served. 

    Join the host committee by contributing $100!

    A suggested $30 minimum contribution is requested for attendance. 

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    Fran is Endorsed by HFT!

    HOUSTON, TX - Fran Watson, candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, Sunday received the endorsement of the Houston Federation of Teachers. The Houston Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do. “Thank you HFT for endorsing me for State Senate in District 17,” said Watson. “I am committed working toward building a state government that puts the people first.  That means having access to a strong public education system that not only has the necessary resources to ensure that regardless of zip code, students can get a high quality education, but teachers, paraprofessionals, and other educational professionals have the support they need from entry level to retirement.”    
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    Fran Receives the Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC Endorsement!

    HOUSTON, TX - Fran Watson, candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, Saturday received the endorsement of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus Political Action Committee. The Houston GLBT Political Caucus is the South's oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. It was founded in 1975, and is the largest LGBTQ political organization in the city of Houston and Harris County.  The Caucus is nonpartisan and endorses candidates on the basis of their support for LGBTQ rights regardless of political party. “A huge thanks to the Caucus for endorsing me for State Senate in District 17,” said Watson. “I have been involved with this organization for many years.  I believe and support the organization’s mission to ensure equality for the LGBTQ commiunity.  I am grateful for the endorsement from the Caucus, as the support will help me on my mission to work to build a state government that puts the People First.  All people.” 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.
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