Ned is the finest person I have ever met in politics. We worked hard for him against that DINO Joe Lieberman and later in his run for governor.
The woman to Ned's immediate left is Kate who was one of my first proofs that we had moved to the right place in East Haddam. In 1976, she and her late partner Casey wrote "Words and Women: A New Language in New Times" which truly revolutionized proper English usage. Kate died in 2011.
Next to Gayle is her friend Nancy -- also now mournfully deceased. On Ned's far left is one of two women named Judy who used to live together on Main Street.