Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

A leading candidate in Maryland's gubernatorial race suddenly dies

A leading candidate in Maryland's gubernatorial race suddenly dies

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.

Kamenetz was the youngest of five children, a Johns Hopkins graduate who went on to study law at University of Baltimore School of Law. The First Lady and I are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz this morning.

"His absence will shake up the race because he was an important political figure in the state", pollster Mileah Kromer told The Baltimore Sun. As per the county charter, county administrator Fred Homan will become acting executive until the council appoints a replacement to fulfill the remaining months of Kamanetz's term.

In 2010, he was elected as Baltimore County's 12th County Executive, and was reelected in 2014. "We really don't know how to put it into words". If he wont the Democratic primary, Kamenetz would have faced Hogan in the general election.

Hogan has also ordered the Maryland flag to be flown at half staff from today until sunset on the day of interment. Other gubernatorial candidates released similar statements, praising Kamenetz and saying they were shocked by his sudden death.

"MD and I both just lost a friend", he added.

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". "That is a loss to the Democratic party and a loss to the voters of Maryland".

Kamenetz is survived by his wife and two sons.

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