Grassroots Conservative Activists Opposing Equity, Race Education Get Republican Endorsement –

By Jesse Williams/ • 07/27/2021 02:18 p.m. EST

When Truth in Education, or TIE, was formed a few months ago by a handful of grassroots Guilford activists, it wasn’t clear what kind of influence it would wield. As of last week, though, the group and its messages appears to have taken hold in a much more significant and institutional way, as three incumbent Republican Board of Education (BOE) members were ousted in favor TIE-affiliated candidates at the Republican Town Committee (RTC) caucus on July 22, giving them the RTC endorsement for the November elections this fall.

It was a rousing victory for TIE, with all five of its candidates receiving significantly higher vote totals than the incumbents. All are political neophytes, though most claim at least some experience working in education.

The five TIE candidates are Tim Chamberlain, a parent who lists his qualifications as graduating from conservative Hillsdale College in Michigan; Danielle Scarpellino, who runs a children’s dance studio and said she spent many years working as a substitute teacher; Nick Cusano, an MBA graduate from Quinnipiac University; Bill Maisano, a former Guilford Police officer who worked in schools as a DARE officer; and Alexandra Passarelli, a certified teacher with advanced degrees in early childhood education.

The three Republican incumbents are Ted Sands, Amy Sullivan, and Joseph Golino. Sullivan notably is the current vice chair of the BOE, and both she and Sands have served two terms