Kumar Barve gets the star treatment today from the Post.
House majority leader from 2003 to 2014, Barve is the most senior of the three lawmakers in the nine-candidate field, which includes Del. Ana-Sol Gutiérrez and State Sen. Jamie Raskin.
He shares nearly all of the social and economic prescriptives favored by other contenders, including a higher minimum wage, protection of abortion rights and aggressive initiatives to roll back planetary warming.
As chairman of the House Environment and Transportation Committee last year, he helped secure a statewide moratorium on fracking. He co-sponsored a bill, signed last week by Gov. Larry Hogan (R), that accelerates the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It updates a 2009 version, also co-sponsored by Barve, that required emissions to be 25 percent under 2006 levels by 2020. The new bill mandates a 40 percent cut by 2030.
An accountant and chief financial officer of a Rockville environmental cleanup company, Barve emphasizes technology and its potential to create jobs. In 1998, he led the establishment of the Maryland Technology Development Corp., intended to foster the transfer of new technology from research labs and universities. A recent study found that the organization led to the creation of 4,300 jobs in 2015, with salaries averaging $74,000 a year.