When the news came that the state of Nevada would be requiring non-essential businesses to close their doors for another 30 days, and individuals were being asked to stay inside due to the COVID-19 Virus. That also meant that campaign efforts for local candidates filed for the 2020 election season would come to a screeching halt. Nevada announced it would be moving the June 9th primary election to mail-in ballots due to necessary social distancing.
With voting a few weeks away, for most individuals, this could mean an immediate defeat in what would otherwise be a traditional campaign season. Britton Griffith, a Nevada native, took another approach and instantly stepped up to lead her community and protect her neighbors. Griffith announced early in her campaign that she believed in what she coined as “Conscious Campaigning.”
Griffith was known for her recognizable bright blue “drive slow” signs, that she had created to bring attention to speed zones and troubled areas near schools. Most recently, Griffith saw an immediate need for face masks and started to work with friend Sean Cary, a small business owner of Rounds Bakery to utilize what would have been her promotional campaign materials to sew custom face masks for her neighbors and front-line workers.
“We will not be spending money on t-shirts, bags, or any item that doesn’t have a direct positive impact on our neighbors,” said Griffith, Ward 1 Reno City Council Candidate. ”
Within 72 hours of the business shutdown, Griffith sent nearly 2000 personalized wellness check-in text to her community, providing information on the COVID-19 pandemic. She gathered local support and worked with small business owners to hand-package groceries for families and seniors that are considered vulnerable to the disease or merely facing the challenges of a fixed income. Griffith has delivered food to first responders, collected art supplies for children out of school, and provided essential supplies to the local Boys and Girls Club. In addition to Griffith’s more significant efforts, she has also offered reflective vests, bracelets, and blinkers for her volunteers and supporters.
“I believe Reno has entered a critical time that demands a consensus-building community advocate that is passionate about protecting and preserving our neighborhoods,” said Griffith. “I will do all I can by keeping myself, my family and my neighbors safe, this is not a time to step aside and do nothing, campaign or not it’s a time to help one another, to stay home for our health workers and follow the guidelines of our government, together we will be stronger.”
Britton Griffith, Vice President of Reno Engineering Corporation (a development services company based in Nevada), and past Reno City Planning Commissioner, officially filed to run for Reno City Council Ward 1 in the 2020 election cycle. Ward 1 encompasses the central-west area of Reno.
More About Britton Griffith
Griffith was a top finalist for the At-Large Reno City Council seat in 2014 and 2019 out of more than 180 candidates. Griffith is a proud 5th generation Nevadan, University of Nevada graduate with an emphasis in International Business and Law, Two-Years of sitting as a City of Reno Commissioner, a founding member of the downtown Reno Partnership, and assisted in the development of Reno’s Master Plan. In the past decade, Griffith has held positions on more than 15 executive and non-profit boards ranging from youth homelessness to downtown beautification and economic development. Griffith brings experience in Business Development and leadership and an understanding of all branches of government. She is well-versed in Nevada Revised Statutes and local policies that affect the citizens of Reno.
Griffith has been recognized as one of the top 150 of Reno’s influential community members by the City of Reno, 2018 Northern Nevada Business Weekly Top 40 Most Powerful Women, 2019 Riverwalk District’s” Ripple Award” top community focused member. She founded UNR’s Delta Sigma Pi, a professional fraternity that promotes a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community. She is the founding member of StartUp Row, Reno Riveters, and past charter captain for House of Genious. Griffith was also recognized as the 2014 Reno News & Review: Best Business Woman, Best Social Networker, and Winner of the 2014 NCET Tech Star, and 2011 & 2012 Nanowrimo, recipient of the Family Business of the Year for Northern Nevada, Community Champion of the Year, NACE Impact Awards recipient, and was a 2016, 20 Under 40 Awardee.
Griffith’s campaign endorsements represent a broad political spectrum, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. October 2019, Griffith announced her intentions to run and received a public endorsement of support by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve. Griffith has since received more than 100 endorsements and public approvals of support from local small business leaders and community stakeholders. Griffith plans to continue to visit with as many citizens as she can throughout the next year and is available to answer any questions and discuss ideas to improve Reno.
More information about Britton Griffith is found at brittongriffith.com.