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/

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. 

Fran Watson Receives Four More Endorsements!

         Fran Watson Receives Four More Endorsements During the Primary Runoff HOUSTON, TX - Fran Watson, candidate for Texas State Senator, District 17, has received four new endorsements during the Primary Runoff election: Texas AFL-CIO, Fort Bend County Tejano Democrats, Working Families Party, and #VOTEPROCHOICE. Texas AFL-CIO is the voice of labor in Texas. With more than 237,000 affiliated members,  Texas AFL-CIO works tirelessly to improve the lives of Texas workers. Fort Bend County Tejano Democrats is a newly formed Tejano Democrats chapter that follows the mission of seeking full representation of Hispanics at all levels of government. This includes screening, endorsing and supporting candidates who best represent Democratic principles and Hispanic interests. Working Families Party  is a progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all and a democracy in which every voice matters. #VOTEPROCHOICE is a collective of committed pro choice voters electing representatives who reflect pro choice values. This most recent slate of endorsements showcases Fran’s commitment to working with and engaging a broad range of communities, at the local, state and national level. “I believe in the power of building a broad coalition of people who share a vision for social justice, and you can see it in the range of organizations that are showing my campaign their support,” said Watson.” I am honored by these endorsements and look forward to working more with these organizations and the communities served in the days and years to come.” To view all of Fran Watson’s endorsements, please check out her website, www.franwatsonfortexas.com/endorsements.  

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.”  

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.