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"What's Up Inland Empire" host Jessica Qattawi announces her run for the Mayor's seat

Local entrepreneur steps up to challenge Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson in the 2024 race.

Jessica Qattawi has announced her run for Mayor in the in 2024 election. (Courtesy of Jessica Qattawi)

Jessica Qattawi has announced her candidacy for Mayor of Riverside, challenging Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson's bid for a second term. Qattawi is the founder of NV Media, an advertising firm in downtown Riverside, where she hosts the "What's Up Inland Empire" podcast, spotlighting local businesses and community leaders. She also serves on the board of The Unforgettables Foundation.

On her policy agenda, Qattawi aims to support local businesses and attract new industries to Riverside, focusing on job growth as part of her economic development plan. "Riverside is home to a community of smart and hard-working individuals, all deserving of having their concerns addressed, and I am eager to listen to your voices," Qattawi said.

Public safety is also a significant component of her campaign. She plans to collaborate with law enforcement agencies and community organizations to maintain a secure environment and address Riverside's homelessness crisis.

Committed to environmental sustainability, Qattawi pledges to focus on conserving Riverside's natural landscapes, advocating for eco-friendly projects.