Maryland Governor Candidate Kevin Kamenetz Dies of Heart Attack

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announces he

Kevin Kamenetz, a long-time public servant in Maryland and a leading Democratic candidate for governor, died suddenly Thursday morning after experiencing cardiac arrest, authorities said. 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.

Condolences began pouring in from across the state and county as the news spread Thursday morning. "My prayers are with his family during this hard time", Councilman David Marks (R-5) noted on his Facebook page. Other gubernatorial candidates released similar statements, praising Kamenetz and saying they were shocked by his sudden death.

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.

He was battling through a crowded field of contenders running on his record which included plummeting crime, school improvements and never raising taxes while county executive.

"Over the past seven years, we worked together on critical pieces of legislation and shared goals for improving the education of Maryland children, achieving quality health care for all the state's residents, and creating jobs and opportunity for our constituents", Baker stated. Contributions in County Executive Kamenetz's memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 405 Williams Court, Suite 120, Baltimore, MD 21220 or to the Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136. My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Jill and their two sons'.

At least five candidates were in attendance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where everyone mentioned his family. "My heart goes out to Jill and his family, along with his many friends and staff".

Baker called it a "tragic day" and suspended campaigning. He was serving his second term since initially being elected Baltimore County executive in December 2010.

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