Meet our Democratic Candidates for the 2017 Municipal Election

MDTC Democratic Candidates 2017 Photo

Working for All of Madison

We are very excited to introduce our highly-qualified slate of candidates for the 2017 election that offer a real choice to the voters of Madison. We believe that the foundation of any thriving community should include transparency about how and why decisions are made, ready access to those who make decisions, and consideration of all voices in the process; that decisions should be responsible, based on objective evidence, and in accordance with established policies. All of the Democratic candidates believe in these fundamental ideas and pledge to work with all Madison residents to implement these ideals.


Al Goldberg has resided in Madison since 1975. He received a B.A. in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. in Finance, and the Management of non-profit institutions from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is currently the Executive Director of a charitable foundation. Goldberg served as the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the Connecticut Hospital Association for more than 30 years. In the community, Goldberg served as a Board Officer of the Madison Visiting Nurse Association for 15 years and has been a Board Officer of the Madison Lakes Association for more than 20 years. He recently served as the President of Temple Beth Tikvah, as the Vice-President of the Madison Land Trust, and as the Board Chair of the Mary Wade Home in New Haven. He was elected to the Madison Board of Finance for two years, and then elected to serve as Madison’s First Selectmen. Goldberg has now served as a Madison Selectman for the last 10 years. His two children attended Madison Public Schools and he served as a coach on numerous Madison youth sports teams.

Scott Murphy has been a resident of Madison since 2001. He received a B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College where he met his wife Wendy and is currently employed by Accenture for the past 25 years. He was the Vice Chair of the Madison Park Development Commission for three years (Salt Meadow Park, formerly Griswold Airport), and was the Chairman of the Fields Advisory Committee. Scott was a Deacon at North Madison Congregational Church for 3 years. He was also the President of Madison Little League for 8 years, and on the executive board for 11 years. Additionally, Scott was a baseball, softball and soccer coach in town. He has three children, all attending Madison Public Schools, and his son is currently a student at Bentley University.


Judith Hession Friedman has lived in Madison – an “amazing and beautiful town” in her words – for 21 years, raising her son (a 2017 graduate of Hand High School) here and enjoying everything from Little League District Championships to Show Choir national wins along the way!

Jude received a B.A. in Politics from the University of Dallas and a J.D. from Baylor Law School. After briefing for the Texas Supreme Court, Jude has enjoyed a very varied litigation practice for 32 years, often focusing on securities litigation. She left private practice after her son was born in 1999, moving to an “in-house” practice with the Travelers Life Insurance Company, and now manages litigation for the Hartford Insurance Companies.

Jude is an elected member of the Town Board of Assessment Appeals, and an appointed member of each of the Town’s three pension committees.


Alison Keating currently the serves as Vice-Chair for the Board of Education. She has earned a Masters degree in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College, a k-12 certification in Health Education from Western Connecticut State University, and a B.S. in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University. Alison previously worked for Westport Public Schools as a high school Health teacher, worked for Fairfield Public Schools, Wilton Public Schools, and completed her student teaching at Greenwich High School. Before she earned her teaching certification, she spent eight years as a Patient Advocate/Guest Services Coordinator at Greenwich Hospital. She is currently the Program Director of Donate Life Connecticut in Durham, CT. She previously served as a member of the Madison Youth & Family Services board, she was President of Madison Newcomers Club and Vice-President of Town Campus Learning Center PTO. She and her husband, Brian, moved to Madison in April of 2009 and are the parents of eight-year-old twins, Brendan and Caroline.

Matt Parthasarthy and his wife Jennifer have lived in Madison since 2006 and have two children in the Madison Public Schools. Matt has a Master’s Degree in Business Management, with an emphasis on International Business, jointly from the Georgetown School of Business and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is a division general manager for a Fortune 100 company and works with global central banks and government agencies to secure their currencies and vital documents from counterfeiting.

Matt has 13 years of strategic marketing experience in the chemicals manufacturing industry. He has also spent seven years working as a construction manager on Oil & Gas infrastructure projects in the United Arab Emirates, Ghana, South Africa, and Indonesia. He is a former United States Naval Officer.

Matt currently serves on the Planning & Zoning Commission. He has previously coached Little League baseball and served on the vestry of St. Andrew’s Church. In his spare time, Matt enjoys traveling and sailing with his family.

Emily Rosenthal and her husband David have lived in Madison since 2012 and have two children, an 8-year old at Jeffrey, and a 4-year old preschooler. Emily has been actively involved in town since she moved here.

She served as the Civics Chair and President of the Madison Newcomers Club, was an active member of the Madison Democratic Town Committee, and was appointed to the Madison Beach and Recreation Commission in January 2016. Emily has a bachelors degree in psychology from Harvard University and also holds Masters Degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate and Counselor.

Emily has worked in higher education for six years – she currently serves as the Director of the Wellness Center at Southern Connecticut State University, and previously worked as a Resident Dean and Sophomore Advising Coordinator at Harvard University.

Emily is committed to working on behalf of Madison’s schools as we look ahead and invest in the modernization of our facilities to meet the needs of all 21st century learners.


Jason Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The City University of New York, Grove School of Engineering.  He worked as a Senior Fluid Systems Engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation until June of 2017.  Jason is currently employed as Senior Mechanical/Project Engineer at Ecochlor, Inc. in North Haven where he coordinates all aspects of project development and installation with a team of international stakeholders.

Jason moved to Madison in May of 2014 with his wife, Kristen.  They have two children: four year old Nathan and four month old Alexander.  Jason’s hobbies include golf, woodworking, turf management, and cooking.

Richard Gilbert is a Madison resident of 32 years. He and his wife Laury have 2 daughters, ages 8 and 2. He is member of the DHHS class of 1992, and a 1996 UCONN graduate with a B.A. in economics. He is currently employed by Anthem Inc. for the past 20 years. He was a volunteer at St. Raphael’s hospital for 2 years.


Shirley Taylor currently serves on the Board of Assessment Appeals and is seeking her second term.