MD Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Kamenetz Has Died

Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive and Democratic candidate for governor, dies

Baltimore County police released this statement about the 60-year-old politician, who was running as a Democratic candidate for Maryland governor.

Baltimore County officials said Kamenetz woke up in his Owings Mills home at 2 a.m. and felt sick.

Kevin Kamenetz, a Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Baltimore County Executive, died suddenly early Thursday morning. "In the hard days to come, we will provide any support we possibly can to the Kamenetz family and the citizens of Baltimore County", the statement said.

Gov. Hogan ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of Kamenetz.

In 2010, he was elected as Baltimore County's 12th County Executive, and was reelected in 2014.

In 1994, he was elected to the Baltimore County Council, where he served four terms.

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"My service on the Council coincided with his tenure as Executive".

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.

"Like so many, I am shocked and heartbroken by this sudden and unexpected loss", said Valerie Ervin, Kamenetz' running mate in his campaign for governor.

Kamenetz was the leader of Maryland's third most populous county.

In a full statement, Hogan said: "The First Lady and I are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz this morning. Harford County's hearts and prayers go out to his family and host of statewide supporters". Cummings also sent his condolences to Kamenetz's wife and children.

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