Patricia Lock Dawson

Riverside needs a mayor who is bold, creative, and not afraid to make hard decisions. Patricia will be that mayor.

Leading the charge for Riverside has been Patricia's life's work.

Patricia Lock Dawson is a native Riversider, small business owner and environmental scientist who has served our city for over 20 years. She currently serves as a Trustee on the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education, having first been elected in 2011.

As an elected School Board Trustee, Patricia got results: She built partnerships with businesses and higher education to increase graduation rates and create job opportunities for students, while balancing the budget.

Patricia has long been an active leader in the community. She is past Chairperson of the Riverside City Planning Commission, served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and serves on several other boards, including the Riverside Art Museum, Rivers and Lands Conservancy and UCR Alumni Board.

Patricia with her family

Patricia with her husband Scott and daughters Olivia, Martha Rose, and Clara.

She’s advocated for and secured millions in state and federal funds to expand parks and recreational opportunities for Inland Southern Californians. Her proven track record of delivering results for Riverside is second to none. Patricia is prepared to take her results-driven leadership style to the mayoral role.

Patricia grew up in the Greenbelt of Riverside as the youngest of five children. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science degree in wildlife from the University of Washington in Seattle. She and her husband, Scott, reside in the Canyon Crest neighborhood with their three daughters Clara, Olivia, and Martha Rose.

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From her favorite binge-worthy show and hidden boxing talent, to how she secured 65 million dollars for the Santa Ana River, get to know Patricia and see for yourself why she is the mayor Riverside needs.

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