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.”    

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.

Fran Receives Another Important Endorsement!

  Fran Watson Receives the Endorsement of HESP Local 6315 HOUSTON, TX - Fran Watson, candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, Thursday received the endorsement of the Houston Educational Support Personnel, HESP Local 6315. HESP Local 6315 is a large and strong blue-collar union focused on fighting for the rights of the working poor in Houston Independent School District- food service workers, custodians, groundskeepers, aids, and other personnel.  Under the leadership of President Wretha Thomas,  HESP Local 6315 was able to get the first policy passed to protect against workplace bullying. "I am honored to receive HESP’s endorsement.  I come from a family of blue collar workers and it fills me with pride to have the support of those who are organizing on the ground to provide representation and protections for workers who provide support for schools in ways that are often not talked about.  These are the People First values in which I align myself. Thank you for your service to our public schools.    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.

Fran Receives Another Prominent Endorsement!

Fran Watson Receives Houston Black American Democrats’ Endorsement   HOUSTON, TX - Fran Watson, candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, Tuesday received the endorsement of the Houston Black American Democrats (“HBAD”). HBAD serves to educate, recruit, support and elect democratic candidates who will work tirelessly to advance the issues that matter most to African Americans from civil rights to economic opportunity. . “HBAD is a trusted name in Houston politics because of the belief that building electoral power is key to strengthening the black community.  They are doing the work to make that happen.   As a person who continues to fight for not only equality but equity, I appreciate the work HBAD does to elevate the voices of those often unheard.  I am proud to have the endorsement of this organization as they align with my People First platform.” 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.  

Fran Receives National Endorsement from Victory Fund

HOUSTON, TX - Fran Watson, Candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, Tuesday received the endorsement of Victory Fund. LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government.  “Victory Fund is thrilled to endorse Fran Watson for Texas State Senate District 17,” said Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker. “Fran’s commitment to smart, people-centered, public policy that addresses the real concerns of constituents makes her the best candidate for District 17. When her historic win occurs in November, Fran will become a vital LGBTQ voice.”  "I am honored to receive this important endorsement. Victory Fund is such an important organization that works to ensure that our legislatures are as diverse as our communities." said Watson. “I am running for office so that I can head to Austin and put the people first. The support of Victory Fund can help me on my mission 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.  

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. 

Fran is one of nearly 50 LGBTQ Candidates Running in Texas!

(Update- There are nearly 50 candidates) 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.  

Fran Watson is Officially on the Ballot!

FRAN WATSON IS OFFICIALLY ON THE BALLOT FOR TEXAS SENATE, DISTRICT 17   AUSTIN, TEXAS — Fran Watson is officially on the ballot as a Primary Candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, which covers parts of Harris, Fort Bend, and Brazoria Counties.  On Tuesday, November 21st, Fran traveled to the Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin to file her application to be placed on the 2018 Primary Election Ballot.  After a review of the document, the application was accepted by party officials.  “The Fran Watson for Texas campaign is officially underway.  I would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me following my announcement to run for State Senate. The excitement and momentum are there, and we are ready to work on building a state government puts the People First.” An attorney and community activist and advocate, Fran believes in People First, which means that everyone, regardless of look or circumstance, deserves equal access to the opportunity to succeed in the State of Texas.  This belief is a driving force for Fran’s public service, including her run for Texas Senate.  “The people of District 17 deserve a Senator who will work to break down barriers instead of creating them. I am ready to work on people-centered solutions that elevate the quality of life for all Texans.” The Primary Election in Texas is March 6, 2018.  The General Election is November 6, 2018.    

Keeping Up with the Campaign #FranOnTheMove

The #PeopleFirst Campaign is moving along and the excitement continues to build.  Fran has been visiting various clubs and organizations around the District as well as making appearances at several events.  Want to keep up with Fran?  Make sure you follow her on Instragram.  Her handle @franwatsonfortexas.  You can also find her on Twitter using the handle @franfortexas and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/franwatsonfortexas/.      

Fran Watson Hosts Her Campaign Kickoff Event!

THANK YOU! On behalf of the core team and kickoff committee, thank you for attending the Fran Watson for Texas Campaign Kickoff Party.  We hope you had fun and are excited about the opportunity for change.  The room was full and it was encouraging to see folks gathered to support the People First campaign!   For those who were unable to attend, we look forward to seeing you at some upcoming events.  You can still view the speaking part of the program including Fran's speech on the on the Fran Watson for Texas Facebook page- People First Kickoff Program.Let's build on the momentum and work together to create a state government that puts the People First!  Make a contribution of any amount today. Here are a few pictures from the event.