Politicians react to the death of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

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Baltimore County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz has died following a cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports.

He was 60.

Baltimore County officials said Kamenetz woke up in his Owings Mills home at 2 a.m. and felt sick.

At a press conference this afternoon, Elise Armacost, director of public affairs for the Baltimore County Fire Department, said Kamenetz called 911 himself from the parking lot of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, roughly two miles from his house.

Two of the volunteers came out to meet him and brought him inside to start offering care. Inside his heart stopped beating and he lost consciousness.

The volunteers began administering CPR and attempted to defibrillate the county executive. They restored a pulse, but his condition soon deteriorated again. Kamenetz was taken to the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where was pronounced dead at 3:22 a.m.

Kamenetz is survived by his wife, Jill, and two sons, Karson and Dylan.

He was first elected to the Baltimore County Council in 1994 and went on to serve four terms. He won the county executive seat in 2010 and was reelected in 2014.

County Administrative Officer Fred Homan is serving as acting county executive until a new one is appointed by the Baltimore County Council to serve out Kamenetz’s term.

On social media, politicians from across the state were mourning his sudden death.

In a full statement, Hogan said: “The First Lady and I are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz this morning. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

“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.

“Our prayers go out to his wife, Jill, his sons Karson and Dylan, and to his entire family. In the difficult days to come, we will provide any support we possibly can to the Kamenetz family and the citizens of Baltimore County.”

Valerie Ervin, the former Montgomery County Council member Kamenetz had picked to be his running mate in the primary, released the following statement: “Like so many, I am shocked and heartbroken by this sudden and unexpected loss. I want to thank those across Maryland for their outpouring of support, sympathy, and gratitude during this difficult time.

“Kevin was first and foremost a loving husband to his wife Jill and a proud father to Karson and Dylan. And he was a dedicated, bold leader who served the people of Baltimore County for over 20 years. I have been honored to call him a friend and partner.

“Today all of Maryland mourns with his family, friends, and loved ones.”

This post will be updated.

Brandon Weigel

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