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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.    

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. 

It starts 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. 

If you are ready to build a representative state government, invest in my campaign today.  You can start by making a secure contribution to the People First movement.

You can also sign up to throw a house party and/or volunteer to canvass or phone bank. 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 Signs Joint Statement Calling For Sensible Gun Legislation

    Fran Watson Joins Dozens of Texas Gun Sense Candidates Across the State in Calling for Sensible Gun Legislation HOUSTON, TX - In the wake of the tragic shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday May 18, Fran Watson, candidate for Texas State Senator, District 17, is proud to sign a joint statement with more than three dozen other Texas Candidates for Gun Sense in calling for sensible gun legislation to reduce gun violence and promote gun safety. “These fatalities should not, yet they continue to be a common occurrence. After these fatal mass shootings, communities unite to help and work to center the families affected by these acts of domestic terrorism. Thoughts and prayers are offered by elected officials.  However, these same officials ultimately vote against common sense gun reform. Texas must take a legislative stand to pass gun safety protections.” said Watson. “We are gratified to have so many Texas state legislative candidates with the Moms Demand Action distinction participate in this statement,” said Claire Barnett and Alec Johnson, coordinators of the joint statement. “Our constituents are ready for concrete action to solve this devastating epidemic, and Texas is fortunate to have candidates across the entire state committed to pursuing sensible gun policy.” Regarding the shooting at the Santa Fe, Texas High School, May 18, 2018. A Joint Statement by Texas Candidates awarded the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction Our hearts break for all those affected by the horrific shooting that took place at Santa Fe High School. Nothing we write will diminish the grief and anguish sweeping over this community. Nothing can remove the fear that students across the nation feel every day as they go to school. No words can reassure parents dropping their children off at school that they won't lose them in what was once regarded as a safe haven. It's time for effective action and leadership, not more thoughts and prayers. Every one of us is proud to have been granted a Candidate Distinction from the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense organization. We mean to earn that today and every day by giving our full-throated support to their sensible proposals to end gun violence and promote gun safety, which include: Criminal background checks on all gun sales. Keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Red Flag Laws. Prohibiting bump stocks. Funding gun violence prevention research. Stopping permitless carry. Keeping guns out of schools and off college campuses. Stopping gun trafficking and straw purchasing. Promoting responsible gun storage and ownership. Texans are ready to make the changes necessary to protect our children and each other. We look forward to working with folks in our own communities who are willing to stand up and fight the epidemic of gun violence that plagues us all. There's a role for all of us to play, and we encourage those who are interested to visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Here is the link to the view which candidates signed the letter-  https://www.facebook.com/TexasCandidatesForGunSense/
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    Fran Watson Releases a District 17 Profile Video!

    This week, Fran released her District 17 profile video.   District 17 has been a place of growth for Fran. She shares part of her journey in four short episodes that lead up to her run for Texas State Senate in District 17.  You can find all four episodes on her YouTube campaign channel.  Click here to view Episode 1 Click here to view Episode 2 Click here to view Episode 3 Click here to view Episode 4 Video directed and produced by DHP Creative. 
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