Candidate in Maryland governor's race dies of heart attack

Md. Democratic candidate for governor dies hours after candidates' forum

Md. Democratic candidate for governor dies hours after candidates' forum

Kevin Kamenetz a Democratic candidate in the Maryland gubernatorial race, died suddenly Thursday morning following a cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old and participated in a candidates' forum earlier in the evening.

Kamenetz, who was serving out his second term as Baltimore County Executive, woke at 2 a.m. feeling ill and was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center. Doctors pronounced him dead at 3:22 a.m.

Members of the Baltimore County Council also reacted upon learning of Kamenetz's sudden death.

He was one of seven candidates for the Democratic nomination, intending to oppose Republican Governor Larry Hogan this November. Kamenetz had raised more money than his Democratic rivals and was considered a strong contender for the June 26 primary. 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.

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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. Other gubernatorial candidates released similar statements, praising Kamenetz and saying they were shocked by his sudden death.

Funeral services will be held at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, located at 7401 Park Heights Avenue in Pikesville, on Friday, May 11, at 2 p.m. Interment will then take place at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery - Berrymans Lane.

US Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, called Kamenetz "an energetic public servant who cared about making a difference for those he served". "Our prayers go out to his family and many loved ones this morning", Hogan tweeted.

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