Baltimore, Md- According to the Baltimore County Government page, "Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz - a Democratic candidate for the 2018 gubernatorial contest - died early this morning at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center following a cardiac arrest".
He was 60 years old.
Kamenetz leaves behind his wife, Jill, and two teenage sons. Until then, the county's administrative officer, Fred Homan, will serve as acting county executive. He was one of seven Democrats in a crowded primary field competing for the Democratic nomination to oppose Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the general election.
Governor Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Congressman Elijah Cummings and Senator Chris Van Hollen are among the many local and state leaders to express their shock and sorrow on the passing of Kamenetz.
He has directed that all Maryland Flags be lowered Thursday through sunset on the day of interment.
He also released a statement extending condolences to the surviving family.
Baltimore County officials announced his death in a tweet. "My prayers are with his family during this hard time".
He also noted that Kamenetz "dedicated his life to public service, to making a difference" and helping the state move forward.
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".