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Independent candidate for Sydney City Council, Claudia Bowman, and her husband Matt, welcomed their son Sunday Charles last week. Sunday Bowman has two older siblings.

Claudia is not at all unusual in being a female candidate with a new baby – there are several running for office at the moment. However, she’s the only one to get in the papers, because she has hit the campaign trail just a few days after giving birth, taking Sunday with her. She has won praise for demonstrating that motherhood is no barrier to public life.

Apart from her political ambitions, Claudia runs a successful gourmet cheesemongers’, and is the co-ordinator for a weekly parenting group in her community.

Whenever someone has a day of the week as their name, I always think there must be a story behind it, so I’m disappointed the paper didn’t do just a little tactful probing.

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