Riverside is my hometown. It’s an incredible place to live, work and raise a family. Let’s work together to ensure a thriving, vibrant future.

Dear Neighbor,

As a small business owner, I know what it takes to create a vibrant, diversified economy with opportunities for all. Riverside should be the epicenter of jobs and economic prosperity in the Inland Empire, yet even before COVID-19 many families struggled to get by. This is one of the primary reasons why I am running for mayor.

Our city is on the verge of bankruptcy. As a trustee on the Riverside Unified School Board, we delivered a balanced budget despite having many of the same challenges experienced by other governments. As your next mayor, I will work collaboratively with business and labor leaders to quit kicking the can down the road and solve this problem. Our public safety levels and the quality of life in our city depend on financial stability.

In the last year, homelessness increased 33% in Riverside and is one of the largest threats to our quality of life. We must utilize all available resources, incorporate innovative ideas, and embrace a community-based approach to uphold our city’s commitment to serving our most vulnerable. As Riverside’s next mayor, I will ensure our public safety personnel have the tools and resources they need to keep our neighborhoods, schools, and parks safe while also ensuring strict accountability metrics.

My broad professional and civic experience has provided me with expertise in business, education, non-profit management, parks, the arts, development, environmental stewardship and mental health. I have extensive federal, state and local government relationships that can be leveraged for Riverside’s benefit.

Leadership is not about the number of years you serve, but instead your ability to deliver results. As your next mayor, I will work to move Riverside forward and ensure our beautiful city remains a wonderful place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Patricia Lock Dawson
Native Riversider
Small Business Owner
Environmental Scientist
School Board Trustee
Mother of 3

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