Kevin Kamenetz a Democratic candidate in the Maryland gubernatorial race, died suddenly Thursday morning following a cardiac arrest.
Kamenetz spent 24 years as a council and executive in Baltimore County and was serving his second term as Baltimore County executive. Until then, the county's administrative officer, Fred Homan, will serve as acting county executive.
He was one of seven candidates for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican Gov. Larry Hogan this fall. "I was shocked to awaken to the news of the County Executive's passing this morning", Councilman Todd Crandell (R-7) said in a statement on Facebook. The Democratic politician was a candidate in the 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial Election before his sudden death. Governor Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Congressman Elijah Cummings and Senator Chris Van Hollen are among the many local and state leaders to express their shock and sorrow on the passing of Kamenetz. With relatively low taxes compared to Baltimore City that have not increased since he took office and an excellent public school system that includes several Blue Ribbon schools, Kamenetz had several accomplishments to brag about.More news: Manchester United captain Carrick devastated by Ferguson illness
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Governor Hogan directed all state flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of his funeral. Baltimore County issued a statement regarding his death.
Kamenetz is survived by his wife Jill and two teenage sons.
US Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, called Kamenetz "an energetic public servant who cared about making a difference for those he served". "Our prayers go out to his family and many loved ones this morning".