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Date: Jun 28, 2017

Discusses MACo’s Advocacy for Maryland's Counties

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), met with local legislators on the lower Eastern Shore yesterday while he was attending the Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference in Ocean City. He spent time with the Worcester County Commissioners and the Wicomico County Council members as part of an ongoing tour of the state’s major subdivisions.

Leaders of these legislative bodies sat down with Kamenetz and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson to discuss an overview of MACo’s advocacy for Maryland counties in Annapolis at this year’s General Assembly session and about the value of MACo conferences where local officials can learn from each other and build beneficial relationships. Wicomico and Worcester county leaders raised the issues of transportation funding from the state and the challenging constraints of the state’s school funding formula. Wicomico officials also touched on plans for water and sewer build-out and the local airport.

“I really appreciate the time that our colleagues in Wicomico and Worcester spent with us sharing their goals and challenges,” said Kamenetz. “It goes to show you that whether you are governing on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, in our mountains or in the City, we all have the same basic charge to provide our people with a good education, transportation options and basic health and safety.”

MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 

Kamenetz also brought greetings to colleagues from around the state at this week’s Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference in Ocean City. 

Kamenetz will proclaim July 12 as Unity Day in Baltimore County and will recognize  Khizr Khan, father of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in combat (Gold Star family), and advocate for social justice, immigration reform and Constitutional rights for all

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will host a regional rally to bring awareness to the ongoing importance of diversity and eradicating discrimination and hatred in communities in Baltimore County and across the nation. He will recognize Khizr Khan with a special citation for using his voice to stand up and speak out for the Constitutional rights of immigrant communities. Kamenetz will also proclaim July 12 as Unity Day in Baltimore County.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017
5-7 p.m.


Patriot Plaza
401 Bosley Avenue, Towson Maryland 21204


Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
Muhammad Jameel, Baltimore County Human Relations Commission MemberKhizr Khan, Gold Star Family Members of various faith, cultural and community-based groups
DJ Darryl Bass

Revised September 11, 2017