Franklin Bynum

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Franklin Bynum has been a criminal defense lawyer in Houston for the past nine years, handling cases at trial and on appeal. He is a former Harris County Public Defender, has never been a prosecutor, and frequently speaks on how to advise immigrants in criminal court. He has seen the Harris County Criminal Court’s problems firsthand: mass incarceration of the poor, coercion of guilty pleas, waste, and disorganization. Franklin’s campaign aims to end pre-trial detention and excessive court appearances, and combat the plea mill that is the Harris County Criminal Courts. Franklin Bynum is a member of Houston Democratic Socialists of America.[1]

2018 Houston DSA endorsed candidates


Houston Democratic Socialists of America, announced the endorsement of three additional candidates for the March 2018 primary, bringing the total number of endorsed candidates to four in this election cycle. The endorsements took place via a majority vote of the organization’s membership at its January general meeting.

Houston DSA’s list of endorsed candidates includes: Franklin Bynum, candidate for Harris County Criminal Court #8; Danny Norris, for Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees, Position 6, Precinct 1; Fran Watson, for Texas Senate District 17; and Ali Khorasani, for U.S. Congress, Texas’ 2nd congressional district.

“These candidates represent the highest ideals of our organization: a commitment to fighting for social and economic equality, building democracy, and empowering working people in our institutions, workplaces, and communities.” said Amy Zachmeyer, Houston DSA co-chair. “We can’t wait to work alongside these campaigns to spread our values and build a better world for all the people in the Houston area.”[2]


  1. [ DSA JANUARY 15, 2018 BY DAN Houston DSA Announces 2018 Primary Endorsements]
  2. [ DSA JANUARY 15, 2018 BY DAN Houston DSA Announces 2018 Primary Endorsements]