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Barve considering 2014 bid for comptroller

The latest evidence that Maryland’s 2014 elections are closer than they may appear: House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) let it be known in an interview Friday that he is considering running for state comptroller.

“If it’s an open position, I’d definitely be interested,” Barve said. “You’re in a position to really work on issues like efficiency in government.”

The current officeholder, Peter Franchot, is among several Democrats angling to run for his party’s nomination for governor in 2014.

Outside the legislature, Barve serves as chief financial officer for Rockville-based Environmental Management Services Inc., and says the state comptroller’s post should more closely resemble that described by the title of his day job.

“It should be used like a CFO of a company,” he said of the comptroller’s job.

Besides functioning as the state’s chief tax collector, the comptroller also sits on the Board of Public Works, a three-member panel that approves state contracts and has the power to cut the budget when the legislature is not in session.

Others who have floated the idea of running for comptroller if Franchot pursues the governorship include Del. Del. Galen R. Clagett (D-Frederick).

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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