- Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, a Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, died early Thursday morning of cardiac arrest, officials say.
Kamenetz was the youngest of five children, a Johns Hopkins graduate who went on to study law at University of Baltimore School of Law.
In addition to his wife, his survivors include two teenage sons.
The two-term county executive had worked in Maryland politics for almost 25 years.
Hogan has also ordered the Maryland flag to be flown at half staff from today until sunset on the day of interment. "In the hard days to come, we will provide any support we possibly can to the Kamenetz family and the citizens of Baltimore County". He had previously served four terms on the Baltimore County Council, representing the county's second district and had been involved in county politics for 24 years.
Current Governor Larry Hogan tweeted that he is shocked and grieved by the death of Kamenetz and sends his prayers to his family. "He dedicated his life to public service, to making a difference and he helped to move Maryland forward".
Kevin kamenetz was born November 26, 1957, in Lochearn, Maryland.
Kamenetz's longtime aide and chief of staff, Don Mohler, said the unexpected death has left everyone in a state of shock, while his running mate in the governor's race, Valerie Ervin, said "I can't even believe this happened", The Baltimore Sun reported.
"Kevin Kamenetz's passing is a tremendous loss for Maryland".
"MD and I both just lost a friend", he added.
Both the campaigns for Baker and Alec Ross announced that they would temporarily suspend campaign activity in the wake of Kamenetz's passing.