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Candidate for Maryland governor dies unexpectedly

Candidate for Maryland governor dies unexpectedly

Kevin Kamenetz, a long-time public servant in Maryland and a leading Democratic candidate for governor, died suddenly Thursday morning after experiencing cardiac arrest, authorities said.

Baltimore County police released this statement about the 60-year-old politician, who was running as a Democratic candidate for Maryland governor. He was transported by ambulance to St. Joesph Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3 a.m. this morning. Prior to serving as the County Executive, he was elected to the Baltimore County council where he served for 16 years. He awoke at about 2 a.m. complaining of illness and died about an hour later.

He joined the gubernatorial race last October as one of several Democrats hoping to defeat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the 2018 election.

On Twitter, Hogan wrote, "the First Lady and I are shocked and grieved by the sudden passing of [Kamenetz]".

Kamenetz is survived by his wife Jill and two teenage sons.

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He won the county executive seat in 2010 and was reelected in 2014.

In a statement, Ben Jealous - who is the former national president and CEO of the NAACP, said "I'm incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of [Kamenetz]".

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. He also served as a councilman. "That is a loss to the Democratic party and a loss to the voters of Maryland". "Our prayers go out to his family and many loved ones this morning", Hogan tweeted.

In a statement, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker called word of Kamenetz's passing "shocking and sad".

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