Meet Kevin

A LIFELONG MARYLANDER DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE

Meet Kevin
"Jill and I want our kids to have the same opportunities that we had growing up in Maryland."

The youngest of five children, Kevin grew up working in his father’s family drug store, where he learned the value of hard work and integrity. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Kevin began his career in public service as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. In 1994, he was elected to the Baltimore County Council where he served four terms.

In 2010, he was elected as Baltimore County’s 12th County Executive, and was reelected in 2014.

Kevin is a former President of the Maryland Association of Counties and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

Kevin and his wife Jill are proudly raising their two teenage sons in Owings Mills.

A CONSISTENT TRACK RECORD OF EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

As Baltimore County Executive, Kevin has earned a reputation as a capable manager, promoting the county as an innovative, responsible, and efficient model of success

EDUCATION LEADER

Since 2010, Kevin Kamenetz has made historic investments in Baltimore County schools

90  new schools built or renovated.

Creating modern learning environments for students and educators.

Facing increasing school enrollment and aging infrastructure, Kevin initiated a historic $1.3 billion investment in public education, building or renovating 90 schools, to take students out of trailers and put them into central air-conditioned classrooms.

Baltimore County has also adopted innovative education policies within the classroom, which have helped raise the public school graduation rate to nearly 90 percent—while eliminating the graduation gap between African American and white students.

JOB CREATOR
JOB CREATOR
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Under Kevin’s leadership, Baltimore County has attracted $5 billion in economic investment, adding 28,000 jobs to the local economy and cutting the unemployment rate in half.

Following the end of a century of steelmaking, Kevin led the redevelopment of Sparrows Point, which is bringing 17,000 21st-century jobs from companies like Under Armour and Fed Ex in one of the largest industrial redevelopment projects in the nation.

He was named 2016’s “Most Distinguished Leader for Minority Businesses” by the Maryland Washington Minority Contractors Association.

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE
ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE

To safeguard our precious Chesapeake Bay for generations to come, Kevin has spearheaded efforts to preserve hundreds of miles of farmland, streams, and watersheds across Baltimore County.

Kevin has also directed the county to significantly reduce government electricity consumption, developed innovative infrastructure to reduce the county’s carbon footprint — and opened a government-managed recycling center that is saving the environment and saving millions in taxpayer dollars.

PROGRESSIVE CHAMPION
PROGRESSIVE CHAMPION

Kevin has stood up to Donald Trump’s divisive attacks on our immigrant communities by fighting to protect the Constitutional freedoms of residents.

Under his leadership, Baltimore County has led our state in the implementation of police body cameras to promote responsible, transparent policing practices that restore trust between officers and the communities they are sworn to serve.

Kevin has also been recognized by the NAACP of Baltimore County for his progress increasing in diversity among County employees.

FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE

Kevin has run a fiscally sound government that is nationally recognized as one of the best-managed counties in the nation — not once raising the property tax rate or income tax rate for residents, and maintaining the county’s top credit rating from all three major agencies.

In the midst of the Great Recession, Kevin ensured Baltimore County did not furlough or lay off any government employee and has responsibly safeguarded employee benefits.