Early Monday morning on Twitter, Kevin Kamenetz officially announced his bid to run for Governor of Maryland in next year’s Gubernatorial race.Democrat and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has, as many expected, announced on Twitter his intent to run for Governor of Maryland in 2018. On his Twitter page Kamenetz said “I don’t like to beat around the bush; today, I am announcing my candidacy to be Maryland’s next Governor.” Kamenetz has been county executive of Baltimore County since December of 2010, has a lengthy resume in state and local politics and has been vocally very critical of Republican Governor Larry Hogan and President Trump. https://twitter.com/kevinkamenetz/status/909722400081760258 A Crowded Field Kamenetz will be facing stiff competition in an already crowded Democratic primary race, six other candidates have already declared and a seventh is also still considering. The other viable candidates include the former NAACP leader Ben Jealous, author and entrepreneur Alec Ross, Michelle Obama’s former policy director Krish Vignarajah, state Senator Rich Madaleno, and Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker while the wife of Representative Elijah E. Cummings and policy consultant Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is considering entering the race. Kamenetz's Background Kamenetz is a lifelong Baltimore native and resident who began his political career in high school, the county executive is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and helped to reelect then Governor Donald Shafer. Kamenetz has been in elected office for twenty years, now serving his second term as County Executive after serving four terms as a member of the County Council. The University of Baltimore Law School Graduate’s experience in governing is enough to impress and persuade voters who may be more familiar with the other candidates or more likely to vote for Larry Hogan, however the county executive’s success will depend how well Kamenetz and his staff run his gubernatorial campaign. Kamenetz and the democratic candidates certainly have a chance to unseat Larry Hogan, however defeating Hogan would require a convincing and broad campaign as the governor has remained popular during his term.
Political Track Record Like most political candidates, the 59-year-old Kamenetz has a track record of creating jobs and improving schools while in office, without having raised taxes. The latest candidate for Governor also points to the fact that in his current position he is running the third largest jurisdiction in the state which in most voters’ opinions qualifies him as a realistic candidate. Kamenetz says that as Governor he would streamline government agencies and increase technology use to combat lower tax revenues of late as he has claimed to have done as county executive. Despite what Kamenetz and other politicians say, the county executive has worked hard to build a community college and library in Owings Mills. He also had a hand in drawing up the Sparrows Point Steel mill blueprints for the Trade Atlantic Project. Kamenetz was elected the 2016 elected President of the Maryland Association of Counties. A non-partisan, non-profit organization that serves the counties of Maryland by voicing the needs of local governments to Maryland's General Assembly. All Systems Go Now Kamenetz, the six other candidates, and anyone else who plans to enter the race on the democratic side have until the June 26 primary to convince voters of their ability to defeat Hogan and Govern the state. The general election will take place on November 8, 2018. In the mean time, Kamenetz’s website has launched, and Maryland voters interested in learning more about the candidate and his political agenda now can visit and learn more about the candidate.