Remembering EAGB Board Member, Kevin Kamenetz
“Always driven by the moral compass to do right for people,” said Sen. Ben Cardin about Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz at his funeral service on May 11. It was a sentiment that captured the life of an individual who worked hard and stood by his convictions.
A dedicated public servant, Kamenetz was known for his tireless work and commitment to the region, particularly in the area of education. During his time as Baltimore County Executive, the “Schools for Our Future” program was launched — a $1.3 billion ten-year school construction and renovation initiative with the goal of meeting the needs of educational facilities across the county.
“If we focus again on our educational system, that’s how we grow jobs,” said Kamenetz at the Bowie State University Maryland gubernatorial forum back in early May. He believed that the key to a stronger, more inclusive economy was investing in the public education system, and that included the region’s various trade schools and vocational programs.
As a county executive who was always finding ways to better support the Greater Baltimore region, Kamenetz was a long-standing partner and board member of EAGB. He was always committed to and engaged with the Alliance’s mission to promote the region as a world-class, competitive market.
Kamenetz, who spent 24 years as a Baltimore County councilman and executive, had many accomplishments, including renovating older schools, revitalizing downtown Towson, and never raising taxes. His record made him a leading candidate in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial race.
“I’ll always remember him for the grace and good humor he showed each of his fellow candidates as we’d line up backstage waiting for an event to begin, “tweeted gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous after Kamenetz’s passing.
Outside politics, campaigns, and the public eye, Kamenetz was most proud of his family, particularly his two teenaged sons. Beyond his legacy of hard work and political drive, he is remembered for his dedication to being a husband and father first, and for never missing family events, no matter how minor they seemed.
“Although plagued with a busy schedule, he was always there for me,” said his oldest son, Karson Kamenetz, at his father’s funeral. “I owe every aspect of my life to him. I hope my dad knew how much he meant to me.”
On Tuesday May 29, Don Mohler was sworn in as Baltimore County’s 13th county executive. He is expected to fill out the remainder of Kamenetz’s term.