DAVE SHARMA

LIBERAL

Liberal candidate Dave Sharma. AAP/MONIQUE HARMER)

Former Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma is running again in Wentworth after a narrow loss at the 2018 by-election.

Born in Canada to parents of Indian heritage, Mr Sharma, whose dad named him Devanand after a Bollywood film star, said he was motivated to run again because he “is committed to serving Australia”.

He comes into the campaign as the fifth name on the ticket with a long resume in politics. After completing a master of arts at Cambridge, Mr Sharma worked under former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and went on to head up the international division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet when Julia Gillard was prime minister.

“Between three young children and our two careers, Rachel and I don’t have much time for hobbies,” he said.

“But when there is some time, I’m a keen cyclist and runner, have a love of history, and am an avid reader and keen traveller.”

He is directing his first preference to the Christian Democrats and last to the Greens’ Dominic Wy Kanak last, while putting Kerryn Phelps fourth.

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