Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Maryland Governor Candidate Kevin Kamenetz Dies of Heart Attack

A top candidate running for governor of Maryland died Thursday morning at a local hospital after suffering a heart attack overnight, The Hill reported.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was one of the leading candidates in the Democratic primary. Polls showed him running close to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, another of the leading contenders.

Baltimore County police said in a statement the 60-year-old was transported to the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center after complaining of feeling ill. Doctors pronounced him dead at 3:22 a.m.

Kamenetz had participated in a forum at Bowie State on Wednesday, hours before he suffered the heart attack. The Democratic gubernatorial primary is June 26.

Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Maryland state flags to be lowered to half-staff in Kamenetz’s memory. Hogan called Kamenetz “a dedicated public servant in Baltimore County for more than two decades.”

In a tweet, Baker called Kamenetz’s death “sad, shocking news.”

Contact Alyssa Fisher at [email protected] or on Twitter, @alyssalfisher

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.