Baltimore County Executive and Democratic candidate for governor, Kevin Kamenetz died early Thursday morning of a cardiac arrest, according to police.
Kamenetz, who was 60 years old, leaves behind a wife and two sons.
“Kevin was a bold and effective leader in Baltimore County and a strong voice on issues affecting all Marylanders. More importantly, he was a good man. That is rare enough,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett in a statement.
According to Baltimore County Police, Kamenetz awoke at about 2 a.m. Thursday in his home in Owings Mills feeling ill, and was transferred to University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center after calling 911 where doctors pronounced him dead at 3:22 a.m.
Kamenetz, a veteran politician, first won election as Baltimore County Executive after serving four terms on the Baltimore County Council. In 2014, Kamenetz won reelection, springboarding him to a shot to run for governor.
Kamenetz was among nine Democratic candidates to run for governor in an attempt to replace incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R). Kamenetz was one of only three Democratic candidates for governor with experience holding elected office, the others being State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-18) and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker.
Before he started his career on the Baltimore County Council, Kamenetz worked as an attorney after graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law, eventually becoming a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.
On Thursday Hogan ordered that flags in the state be lowered to half-staff in honor of the late Kamenetz.
“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,” Hogan said in a statement.
A funeral for Kamenetz will take place Friday at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
Kamenetz is survived by his wife Jill and two sons, Karson and Dylan.