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Discusses Collaboration to Advance Priorities of Maryland's Counties

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), visited local legislators in Howard, Montgomery and Queen Anne’s Counties over the past two days. He and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson participated in meetings of the Howard County Council, Montgomery County Council and the Board of Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County in as part of an ongoing tour of the state’s major subdivisions.  

Leaders of the three legislative bodies welcomed Kamenetz and Sanderson as they covered a wide range of topics including an overview of MACo’s successful efforts to protect the interests of Maryland counties in Annapolis during this year’s General Assembly session and how statewide MACo conferences offer local officials valuable opportunities to learn from each other and build lasting relationships. Concerns that were voiced by elected leaders in these three jurisdictions included the opioid addiction crisis, transportation funding, overcrowding in local detention centers and funding for K-12 education.


“As I travel throughout Maryland, I am continually met with positive energy from of our local leaders and my time in Howard, Montgomery and Queen Anne’s Counties has been no different,” said Kamenetz. “Knowing that the counties are working together to hammer our solutions to similar problems helps us all in our service to the citizens of Maryland.”

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. 

Revised September 11, 2017