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“5 Reasons Why” GOP Candidates Respond After Guilford School Board Primary


Candidates Tim Chamberlain, Nick Cusano, Aly Passarelli, Bill Maisano and Danielle Scarpellino claimed victory in what Republican Registrar Gloria Nemchuk called the highest voter turnout in years.

According to Tuesday’s results, 47% of Guilford’s 3,511 Republicans attended. The primary itself has led to an increase in registrations for the Republican Party, with more than 200 registered to vote since the primary was announced in mid-August.

This is a big increase in the number of voters, as 183 participated in the Republican caucus in July, less than the increase in registrations over the last month.

The “5 Reasons Why” contestants garnered over 800 more votes than their challengers, Republicans for Education, a list made up of incumbents Joseph Golino, Ted Sands, Amy Sullivan and newcomers Bill Mulligan and Jim O’Keefe.

Chamberlain, Cusano, Passarelli, Maisano and Scarpellino began their campaign by speaking about critical race theory in Guilford schools, which city officials have denied. The campaign evolved to feature five reasons they were running for the board.

They want to end what they see as the “indoctrination” of students into critical race theory and other so-called divisive initiatives, promote academic excellence using a high quality, rigorous and rich curriculum. in content accessible to all students, exercise financial accountability in reviewing spending, and “stop buying material that teaches hatred, despair and division”, demanding transparency and cultivating student skills, according to their platform.

Chamberlain (1,275 votes), Cusano (1,273), Passarelli (1,273), Maïsano (1,269) and Scarpellino (1,265) obtained the majority of the votes. Sullivan (468), Golino (462), Mulligan (453), O’Keefe (453) and Sands (432), who asked to trigger the primary, were ousted.

O’Keefe said in an email on Wednesday that their opponents now face a more daunting challenge in November. “We were very disappointed with the results of the primary election, however, the Republicans in Guilford have spoken and we accept the result.”

When asked if his list plans to support the main winners, O’Keefe said he will support candidates who align with their vision of what is best for the children of Guilford.

Republicans for education

In a closing post on Republicans for education website, the list asked voters to vote their conscience and choose the candidates most likely to attract swing voters since the Republican Party is the city’s minority party.

“If we do not attract a lot of politically centrist swing voters, we believe it is possible that the three Republican seats will be lost,” the statement said. “The long-term survival of our party is even more important in this primary. It’s not the team that wins on Tuesday that counts. It’s the team that wins in November that counts.

This post differed from the one on the list’s campaign signs outside polling stations on Tuesday, which called their candidates “good Republicans.”

Protect Guilford Schools

The November Democratic Protector Guilford Schools list, made up of two Democrats and three independents, did not return a request for comment on his campaign at the time of publication.

The slate, made up of titular Moira Rader and newcomers Jennifer Baldwin, Arnold Skretta, Kristy Faulkner and Noel Petra, posted on Facebook ask supporters to donate and volunteer as part of their campaign.

They also sent out a press release on Wednesday afternoon with their reactions to what they called the primary victory for “hardline” Republicans.

Rader said in the press release that she had never been in politics and had always had a good working relationship with her fellow Republicans on the board.

“It’s sad, but those days could be over,” Rader said. “Sensible moderates are replaced by dangerous candidates and anti-education fanatics. They want to deny our children a diverse, supportive, and superior education by pushing us back and dismantling our award-winning school district. It is simply unacceptable. We will not let that happen.

Independent newcomer Baldwin said in the statement that claims that the winning candidates are fighting systemic racism while denying its existence are “absurd.”

“I’m not a politician, and it was never an ambition of mine, but as soon as it became clear that extremism was in danger of creeping into our classrooms, I knew I had to stand up for my children and all of our children, ”Baldwin said.

The Protect Guilford list of schools added that “extremism” has no place in Guilford and that they will vigorously oppose it in all its forms.

It’s time to regroup

The winners of Tuesday’s primary will band together and spread their message, Cusano said Tuesday night.

“The next step is to hopefully unify the Republican Party and reach out to the independents,” Chamberlain said during the candidate celebration at the Guilford VFW Post 7666.

Passarelli spoke at length on Tuesday evening about his willingness to focus more on funding socio-emotional learning, special education, STEM and athletics. She said the four percent increase Superintendent Paul Freeman received this year could have been allocated to these programs.

Freeman’s salary for 2020-21 was $ 253,880, according to data collected in a Hearst Connecticut Media Project earlier this year.

Another concern of Passarelli is the support enjoyed by students in general and in special education after being homeschooled during the pandemic. Her sister-in-law is a special education teacher who told Passarelli about her work, only to make her more passionate.

“Do you want to talk about fairness? What are we doing to support special education? What are we doing to support other students with high needs? Passarelli asked during Tuesday’s celebration.

Passarelli also said the foreign languages ​​department needed support as the language will open doors that people don’t yet know, she said.

For now, the group is taking a little break and will most likely meet again next week to regroup, campaign manager Mary Beeman said on Tuesday.

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