Meet our Democratic Candidates for the 2019 Municipal Election

Meet your next leadership team for Madison: a team that will work together, listen and plan for tomorrow.



Peggy Lyons moved to Madison in 2007 from New York City after marrying Madison native David Lyons. Together they are raising their two young children, Rose and Patrick, who both attend the Madison Public Schools. In addition to being an active school mom, Peggy currently serves on Madison’s Board of Police Commissioners, and previously sat on the town’s Board of Finance and Economic Development Commission. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, her educational and professional background provides the right kind of skills our Town government needs to tackle our growing fiscal challenges. As a former finance professional, Peggy spent seventeen years solving complex strategic and financial problems for companies both large and small. She has experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic planning. This included over eleven years on Wall Street at major investment banks Merrill Lynch and UBS, and more recently, executive positions at Deloitte and GE. Most importantly, Peggy will provide leadership that listens. Visit Peggy’s campaign website to learn more and give your support.



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 12 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 a Global Operations Director employed by Accenture, a global consulting company where he has worked for the past 27 years. Scott has been a Selectman for the past 3 years where he had been the liaison to the Board of Education, Capital Improvement Committee, Madison Youth and Family Services, Madison Ambulance Association, Madison Library Board of Trustees, and the Library Building Committee. He served as Vice Chair of the Madison Park Development Commission for three years (Salt Meadow Park), 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. Additionally, Scott was a baseball, softball and soccer coach in town. He has three children all having attended Madison Public Schools. His son Andrew is a recent a graduate from Bentley University, his daughter Abigail is a Sophomore at Connecticut College and his daughter Jessica is a senior at Daniel Hand High School.



Seth Klaskin and his wife Robyn moved to Madison 20 years ago, seeking a shoreline town with excellent schools. Both lawyers, they have been active in the civic and community life of our town. Raising three daughters through the Madison Public Schools and serving for 12 years on the Board of Education, Seth has a strong sense of how to maintain one of our town’s most cherished values – excellence in education. Seth spent almost nine years in state management, directing the largest division for the Secretary of the State of Connecticut and currently serves on the General Assembly’s Data Analysis Technology Advisory Board. As a past Chair of the BOE Policy Committee, Seth combines strong policy experience with knowledge of local and state government finance. Seth also chaired the new BOE Facilities Committee and played an active role in articulating the nature and extent of our town’s educational facilities’ needs. He seeks a seat on the Board of Finance to help support the funding of necessary facilities renewal that will result in long-term savings and tax stability. Seth embraces the challenge of fitting educational facility renewal into the larger picture of community priorities.


Kevin Kranzler, a Certified Public Accountant, has resided in Madison since 2011, with his loving wife Rebecca, and twin boys Will and Brian. He received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Rhode Island, and completed executive education program in Mergers and Acquisitions from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Brescome Barton, the largest wholesale distributor of wine and spirits in Connecticut. Prior to joining Brescome Barton, he was the Chief Financial Officer of a boutique investment fund in NYC and began his career in public accounting. In the community, Kranzler served as the Vice President of Madison Little League, and has been serving on Madison’s Board of Finance since August 2017. Kevin actively supports local charities throughout the state and community, such as the SARAH Foundation, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, and the Fresh Air Fund among many others. Kevin is also a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA, InfraGard (a partnership between the FBI and private sector), and Associate Member of Connecticut Chiefs of Police.


John Picard is a Certified Financial Planner™ with Ameriprise Financial and resides on Dairy Hill Road with his wife, Tara, and three children, Julianna, Alessandra, and Austin. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, John earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of New Haven and a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in sustainable enterprises from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. John’s commitment to his community spans decades having served in elected roles of increasing responsibility including select boards and commissions, City Council, and an eight-year tenure as Mayor of the City of West Haven. John has also held the positions of Secretary and Chairman of the South Central Regional Council of Governments. His true passion, however, lies in his charitable work having served as Chairman of Start! Heart Walk, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association. John has been recognized for his leadership and commitment to community receiving numerous awards. He hopes to leverage his experience and education to help Madison develop short- and long-term financial plans to stabilize taxes while meeting the needs of our residents and taxpayers.



Cathy Miller has been an educator for 32 years. She has served as an elementary classroom teacher, a staff developer, a Reading Recovery teacher, and literacy coach in both urban and suburban settings. She is currently employed by Branford Public Schools as a Pre-K-4 literacy coach. Cathy hopes this experience will be a benefit to the board. She and her husband Joe came to Madison for the stellar schools and now Cathy wants to give back to the system that has provided excellent special and regular education to her 3 daughters Maeve, 18, Flynn, 16, and Sloan, 14. On the board, Cathy hopes to be a voice for all stakeholders in the Madison Public Schools. She wants to use her deep understanding of curriculum and instruction to inform good decision-making. Her guiding focus will always be to do what’s best for the children of Madison.


Katie Stein and her husband Jonathan have called Madison home since 1999. They have four sons who all attend Madison Public Schools. Prior to her election to the Board of Education, Katie served on the board of Madison Little League, as a PTO volunteer, and as a teacher for St. Margaret’s religious education program. Her professional career is also focused on the health and wellbeing of children. Katie has worked with Yale New Haven Health as a certified Child Life Specialist for 25 years. Last year, in the aftermath of hurricane Michael, Katie volunteered for Children’s Disaster Relief Services in Florida and was recently appointed as their regional coordinator in our area. In her first term on the BOE, Katie stepped in as Chair and proved she is a natural leader. She is most proud of the newly created Communications Committee as well as the Tri-Board Facilities Working Group. Both of these initiatives illustrate Katie’s dedication to working collaboratively and transparently to maintain Madison’s educational excellence. She is committed to a BOE agenda providing a student-focused culture that motivates, challenges, and supports every student to his or her highest level of achievement.



Ned Moore is a 12-year member of the Madison Zoning Board of Appeals and currently serves as its Chairman. He is seeking his fourth term. An 18-year resident of Madison, Ned and his family hail from the City of Waterbury, where he and his wife Donna raised their three children, Bridget, Rory and Brendan. A graduate of Boston College, he holds a BA with a major in Political Science and minor in History. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of New Haven focusing on Policy and Administration. Ned has spent much of his career working in the public sector. He spent nine years working for the City of Waterbury Office of Community Development, first as the Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator, and for five years as the Assistance Director of Administration. Presently, he has been employed by the State of Connecticut Office of Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment as a program manager. In this capacity he manages a wide and diverse range of projects to remediate contaminated properties. Ned has also spent four years managing a state-funded private-public partnership, and 10 years in the financial services industry.



Melanie Clark, a Madison resident for 30 years, has been an active member of the Madison community. She received an undergraduate degree from Drew University in 1975 and a Master’s degree in 1977 in Public Administration from American University in Washington D.C. Melanie spent several years working for the Clary Institute. With that job she had the opportunity to travel and work with Native Americans who were working on establishing their communities. Melanie moved back to the East Coast and began working in Personnel for the State of Connecticut in the Department of in Bridgeport. She continued her state career working for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction services as the non-clinical manager. Melanie has held a real estate license for 25 years. She works in the Madison office of the William Pitt Sothebys Real Estate Melanie has a solid background and enjoys selling real estate. She has experience in reviewing and adjusting assessments of property. Melanie worked with her father on a large subdivision in Haddam, CT.