The Madison Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce its slate of candidates for the 2017 Madison municipal elections. Candidates were endorsed at a special meeting on Sunday, July 23 at the Madison Surf Club followed by a picnic on Garvin’s Point.
Al Goldberg, who brings a wealth of experience to the Democratic ticket, has been endorsed to run for a 6th term on the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and served as Madison’s First Selectman in 2007-2009. Goldberg will be joined by Scott Murphy who is running for the first time since his appointment to the BOS seat vacated by Joan Walker this past December. Together they have worked to hold First Selectman Tom Banisch accountable by upholding Madison’s Town Charter and advocating for transparency in the management of day-to-day workings in our Town government.
Judith Hession Friedman, currently serving on the Board of Assessment Appeals, has been endorsed as a candidate for the Board of Finance (BOF). She hopes to join two other Democrats serving on the BOF to create a more collaborative and evenly balanced dynamic on a Town board typically controlled by Republicans.
Alison Keating has been endorsed for a second term on the Board of Education (BOE) after serving as BOE Vice-chair and Chair of the Finance Committee in her first term. Keating will be running with Matt Parthasarthy, currently serving on the Planning & Zoning Commission, and Emily Rosenthal, a member of the Beach and Recreation Commission. A win of three seats on the BOE would allow the Democrats to take a leadership role, guiding the district’s future policies and directives. In a joint statement, the candidates expressed their commitment to maintaining a standard of excellence in Madison public education while promoting a “bipartisan process of transparency, diversity of thought, and greater parity across the entire educational experience, from the classroom to the ball fields to the arts.”
The Democratic slate is rounded out by endorsed candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals, Jason Brown and Rich Gilbert, and the Board of Assessment Appeals, Shirley Taylor.
Democratic Town Committee Chair, Peggy Lyons, expressed her regret about not endorsing a candidate for First Selectman in this election cycle. “We had hoped that Joan Walker would be able to run again given her strong showing against Tom Banisch in the last municipal election, but personal health issues have kept her on the sidelines for now. However, I am very excited to have such a highlyqualified slate of candidates for the 2017 election that offer a real choice to the voters of Madison. Our Democratic ticket gives townspeople an opportunity for balanced, co-operative town government rather than single-party rule.”