About Michelle Louise Bicking, LCSW MPA CD (DONA)

Michelle a 44 year old mother of one, former foster parent, licensed clinical social worker and birth doula. A first-generation pansexual women of color of Bajan (Barbados)/Vincentian (Saint Vincent and Grenadines) descent, originally from Brooklyn, New York, Michelle holds the following degrees: a Bachelors in Spanish/Latin American Studies (Denison University/1999), a Masters in Public Administration (Rutgers University, Camden/2004) and a Masters in Social Work (Springfield College/2011). Her scopes of practice include LGBTQIA+ communities, older adults, hospice, dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders, self injury/self harming behavior, new Americans and rural mental health, respectively. Her hobbies include writing, reading, painting, karoake and gardening. She resides in Newington with my son and their two rescued cats.

Michelle is pro-choice, anti-death penalty, and support universal health care and high quality public education nationally and for all Connecticut's residents. As an advocate for environmental stewardship, she supports cancellation of fossil fuel subsidies, promotion of sustainable/renewable energy production, conservation of open space in perpetuity, development of hemp-based industry, and working to ensure clean air and water for all. As a champion of justice, she is committed to championing workers' and tenants' rights; equitable rights for LGBTQIA and Two Spirit individuals and families; ensuring that cannabis legalization provides owner opportunities as well as reparations that benefit communities devastated by the war on drugs; and promoting sanctuary communities for asylum seekers and refugees. As a promoter of economic sustainability and workers' rights, she stands in solidarity wit union representation and collective bargaining; paid maternal and paternal leave; and investment in industries and creative endeavors that meet the current and future needs of the people who live here.

As Governor, Michelle will support efforts to bring a state Public Bank to Connecticut; expand mass transit including commuter rail throughout the state; make HUSKY healthcare accessible to everyone; implement progressive taxation that does not depend on property taxes for municipal services; convert and repurpose blighted and abandoned properties to provide affordable housing and park land; inplement restorative justice in our schools and criminal justice system; make voting more accessible and meaningful by removing barriers to voting and running for office.

A recent interview about her campaign to make room at the table. for everyone.