Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate, County Exec Dies at 60 - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate, County Exec Dies at 60

Posted: May 10, 2018 10:25 AM Updated:
Kevin Kamenetz (Photo: AP) Kevin Kamenetz (Photo: AP)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP)- Kevin Kamenetz, a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland and longtime leader in local politics, died early Thursday at age 60.

Kamenetz, Baltimore County's two-term executive, died following a cardiac arrest, according to a news release from Baltimore County authorities.

Kamenetz was at home in Owings Mills when he awoke around 2 a.m., complaining of feeling ill, the news release said. He was hospitalized at St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:22 a.m.

"This morning everyone is just shocked," said Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman who said she had known Kamenetz for nearly 25 years. "It is a sudden, unexpected death," she said.

The news release said additional details would be provided at a briefing later Thursday morning.

After beginning his public service career as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, Kamenetz was elected in 1994 to the Baltimore County Council, where he served four terms. He was a former president of the Maryland Association of Counties and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. He was first elected county executive in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

A native of Baltimore County, he attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

He is survived by his wife, Jill Kamenetz, and two teenage sons. Kamenetz was one of seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican Gov. Larry Hogan this fall. The Democratic primary is scheduled for June 26.

He had chosen Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin as his running mate. Sean Naron, Kamenetz's campaign spokesman, said Kamenetz had been at a candidate forum Wednesday night where he did "a great job" and was in good spirits.

Naron echoed Armacost, saying he and others were shocked. Condolences from political leaders began rolling in after the news broke Thursday morning.

"He was a dedicated public servant in Baltimore County for more than two decades, and we join with the citizens of Baltimore County and all Marylanders in mourning," Gov. Hogan said in a statement. The governor ordered state flags to fly at half-staff.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh called Kamenetz a "friend and a supporter who always gave good advice" and championed the city.

Another Democratic candidate for governor, Ben Jealous, released a statement that commended Kamenetz for helping "to move Maryland forward." In a tweet, he remarked on how the dictates of alphabetical seating meant the two candidates were often placed next to one another at forums, and remembered Kamenetz's "grace and good humor."

Kamenetz's campaign touted his track record on education and the environment, highlighting a $1.3 billion investment in public education and the renovation or construction of 90 schools.

His campaign website says the adoption of innovative education policies helped raise the public school graduation rate to nearly 90 percent, while eliminating the graduation gap between black and white students. He described himself as an environmental advocate who spearheaded initiatives to safeguard the Chesapeake Bay and reduce the county's carbon footprint.

His campaign website positioned him as a contrast to President Donald Trump, whom he criticized for attacks on immigrant communities. He also emphasized his fiscal policies, which he said resulted in no tax increases or government furloughs or layoffs during the Great Recession.

In a recent interview with The Baltimore Sun, Kamenetz described himself as impatient but said public service demands urgency.

"I have always been the person who will look you in the eye and tell you the truth. I think that's what we need from our elected officials," he told the newspaper. It's yet unclear how Kamenetz's sudden passing will affect the calculus of the primary race and general election.

As for Baltimore County, administrative officer Fred Homan will serve as acting county executive until the council votes on a replacement to serve the remainder of his term. The seat is also up for grabs this fall.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Hogan: Trump Challenge Now 'Doesn't Make Any Sense at All'

    Hogan: Trump Challenge Now 'Doesn't Make Any Sense at All'

    Thursday, March 21 2019 9:15 PM EDT2019-03-22 01:15:41 GMT
    Friday, March 22 2019 7:45 AM EDT2019-03-22 11:45:30 GMT
    Gov. Larry Hogan spoke at a news conference Thursday about the issue of starting school after Labor Day. (Photo: Larry Hogan Facebook page)Gov. Larry Hogan spoke at a news conference Thursday about the issue of starting school after Labor Day. (Photo: Larry Hogan Facebook page)
    Gov. Larry Hogan spoke at a news conference Thursday about the issue of starting school after Labor Day. (Photo: Larry Hogan Facebook page)Gov. Larry Hogan spoke at a news conference Thursday about the issue of starting school after Labor Day. (Photo: Larry Hogan Facebook page)
    While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn't completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he said Thursday that currently "it doesn't make any sense at all."More
    While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn't completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he said Thursday that currently "it doesn't make any sense at all."
    More
  • Ex-congressional Candidate Says She'll Run Again From Prison

    Ex-congressional Candidate Says She'll Run Again From Prison

    Thursday, March 21 2019 7:36 AM EDT2019-03-21 11:36:12 GMT
    Thursday, March 21 2019 7:36 AM EDT2019-03-21 11:36:12 GMT
    Shaun Brown (Photo: Shaun Brown for Congress Facebook page)Shaun Brown (Photo: Shaun Brown for Congress Facebook page)
    Shaun Brown (Photo: Shaun Brown for Congress Facebook page)Shaun Brown (Photo: Shaun Brown for Congress Facebook page)
    A former congressional candidate in Virginia says she running for Congress again even though she'll be in federal prison.More
    A former congressional candidate in Virginia says she running for Congress again even though she'll be in federal prison.           More
  • Eastern Shore Remembers, Says Goodbye to Former Md. Gov. Harry Hughes

    Eastern Shore Remembers, Says Goodbye to Former Md. Gov. Harry Hughes

    Wednesday, March 20 2019 7:07 PM EDT2019-03-20 23:07:53 GMT
    Thursday, March 21 2019 7:22 AM EDT2019-03-21 11:22:44 GMT
    Maryland is preparing to say goodbye to former governor and Eastern Shore native, Harry R. Hughes. The Caroline County native died last week at the age of 92.More
    Maryland is preparing to say goodbye to former governor and Eastern Shore native, Harry R. Hughes. The Caroline County native died last week at the age of 92.More
  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Boy with Cerebral Palsy Befriends Seaford Police Department

    Boy with Cerebral Palsy Befriends Seaford Police Department

    Sunday, March 24 2019 7:19 AM EDT2019-03-24 11:19:00 GMT
    Sunday, March 24 2019 7:21 AM EDT2019-03-24 11:21:44 GMT
    A young man named Ryan Passwaters has many pals, including a lot of friends who protect and serve. Ryan has Cerebral Palsy and spends a lot of time at the Seaford Police Department.More
    A young man named Ryan Passwaters has many pals, including a lot of friends who protect and serve. Ryan has Cerebral Palsy and spends a lot of time at the Seaford Police Department.More
  • Overnight Shooting in Salisbury Sends 19-year-old to Hospital

    Overnight Shooting in Salisbury Sends 19-year-old to Hospital

    Saturday, March 23 2019 9:18 PM EDT2019-03-24 01:18:18 GMT
    Saturday, March 23 2019 9:18 PM EDT2019-03-24 01:18:39 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md-- Salisbury Police are investigating a shooting that sent a 19-year-old to PRMC, with non life threatening injuries. Police say the shooting happened near the area of Clay Street and Benny Street around 12:45 a.m. Investigators are currentlyMore
    SALISBURY, Md-- Salisbury Police are investigating a shooting that sent a 19-year-old to PRMC, with non life threatening injuries. Police say the shooting happened near the area of Clay Street and Benny Street around 12:45 a.m. Investigators are currentlyMore
  • Brandywine Valley SPCA Welcomes Over 60 Dogs from Texas

    Brandywine Valley SPCA Welcomes Over 60 Dogs from Texas

    Saturday, March 23 2019 6:25 PM EDT2019-03-23 22:25:19 GMT
    Saturday, March 23 2019 6:25 PM EDT2019-03-23 22:25:19 GMT
    Brandywine Valley SPCABrandywine Valley SPCA
    Brandywine Valley SPCABrandywine Valley SPCA
    The Brandywine Valley SPCA and Wings of Rescue helped dozens of animals find a new meaning to life in Sussex County on Saturday.More
    The Brandywine Valley SPCA and Wings of Rescue helped dozens of animals find a new meaning to life in Sussex County on Saturday.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices