May 24, 2018

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate dies suddenly

11 May 2018, 12:38 | Rufus Hill

Credit Harford County Government

Credit Harford County Government

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz - a Democratic candidate for the 2018 gubernatorial contest - died early Thursday morning at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center following a cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old and is survived by his wife, Jill, and two sons.

After he awakened around 2 a.m. EDT at his Owings Mills home and complaining of feeling ill, Kamenetz and his wife drove to a volunteer fire station less than two miles away, county officials told the media. He was transported by ambulance to St. Joesph Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3 a.m. this morning.

Kamenetz spent 24 years as a council and executive in Baltimore County and was serving his second term as Baltimore County executive. He served as a prosecutor in Baltimore City, before winning a seat on the county council in 1994.

Kamenetz was one of seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the June primary to oppose Republican Gov. Larry Hogan this fall.

He won the county executive seat in 2010 and was reelected in 2014.

"I'm incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz", former NAACP President Ben Jealous said in a statement. My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Jill and their two sons'.

Kamenetz, who had been in local and state politics for almost 25 years, had strong name recognition and a good track record in his jurisdiction.

Rushern Baker, Prince George's County Executive and gubernatorial candidate, reacted to the "terrible shocking and sad news", noting that he had just seen Kamenetz the night before at a forum at Bowie State University. "As much as Kevin was advocating for what was best for Baltimore County, he was also always looking out for all Marylanders".

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