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Patricia Lock Dawson

Chamber PAC Endorses Patricia Lock Dawson as Riverside’s Next Mayor

The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) joins respected community leaders and organizations in business, education, and public safety to endorse Patricia Lock Dawson as the next Mayor to lead the City of Riverside.

Lock Dawson will bring her fresh perspective and experience as a business owner, community leader, and school board trustee to help the City address a number of critical challenges that impact local businesses and residents.

Lock Dawson’s top priority as Mayor will be to work with leaders from the City, the business community, and labor organizations to balance the City’s budget, build a plan to avoid insolvency, and resolve the City’s longstanding pension obligations. She will draw from her experience working with her colleagues on the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education to make the strategic decisions that balanced their budget and built reserves to meet their pension obligations.

Looking ahead to the future, Lock Dawson will focus on creating local jobs for Riverside’s residents and pursue industries and high-wage employers while ensuring the local labor force is trained and ready to succeed. This can be achieved by building on current initiatives like the Innovation District and partnering with Riverside’s economic development, business, and higher education sectors to attract outside investment to the community.

Lock Dawson is also well-positioned to work with City and community leadership to help develop lasting solutions to reduce homelessness in Riverside. As a former City Planning Commissioner and Governor’s appointee to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, she can leverage local, state, and federal relationships to ensure Riverside and the region works together to receive the necessary funding and resources to address the homeless challenge. Her approach will focus on getting homeless individuals off the street and into housing, investing in programs that prevent homelessness in the first place, and developing quality housing that is affordable for everyone.

Riverside needs an experienced leader as Mayor and Lock Dawson brings a proven track record and the leadership skills necessary to be effective and get results.