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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 Watson to Receive UHD College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Award

    Fran Watson will receive an award for civic engagement and feminist activism at the #SayHerName Conference, held at the University of Houston-Downtown on Friday, March 23, 2018. The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) and UHD’s Center for Critical Race Studies is hosting a #SayHerName Conference to increase awareness about issues that impact the lives of women of color, the conference—open to the UHD community and alumni—will also host students from Lone Star College, Houston Community College, San Jacinto College, Lee College, and seniors from Houston area high schools. “The conference is multi-purposed,” said Dr. DoVeanna Fulton, dean of CHSS. “On one hand, it’s designed to increase our students’ awareness of issues that impact the lives of women of color and the way the forms of activism can take, both within and outside the academy. And on the other, it’s an occasion to recruit students to UHD.” “This award is a true honor,” said Fran Watson. “Dean Fulton is a community leader, and I am grateful for her work, like this important conference, that focuses on issues faced by young women of color in our community. It’s the kind of conference that I would have loved to attend as a young woman in college.”  
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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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