Kevin Kamenetz, the executive of Baltimore County and the leading candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for governor of Maryland, unexpectedly died on Thursday. He was 60 years old and participated in a candidates' forum earlier in the evening.
Kamenetz was asleep at his home in Owings Mills, northwest of Baltimore, when he woke up at 2 a.m. ET and complained of chest pain. Doctors pronounced him dead at 3:22 a.m. In a statement the Governor said Kamenetz was a dedicated public servant in Baltimore County for more than two decades, and that he and The First Lady join with the citizens of Baltimore County and all Marylanders in mourning. The Baltimore County Council will vote on a replacement for Kamenetz to serve the rest of his term, The Baltimore Sun reported. "In the hard days to come, we will provide any support we possibly can to the Kamenetz family and the citizens of Baltimore County".
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In 2010, he was elected as Baltimore County's 12th County Executive, and was reelected in 2014.
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He worked as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office and in 1994 he was elected to the Baltimore County Council, where he served four terms. The Democratic primary is scheduled for June 26.
"We are saddened and shocked by the news", she added, noting, "Kevin was a tireless supporter of Baltimore County Public Schools, and I am thankful for his commitment and dedication to the children of Baltimore County".
Fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidates Alec Ross, Rushern Baker, Rich Madaleno, Ben Jealous, Krish Vignarajah and Jim Shea offered their condolences. My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Jill and their two sons'.