Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D) died early Thursday morning at a local hospital after suffering a heart attack overnight.
Kamenetz, serving his second term as county executive, was one of the leading Democratic candidates for governor. Polls showed him running close to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D), another of the leading contenders.
Baltimore County police said 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.
He is survived by his wife Jill and their two teenage sons, according to his biography on his campaign website.