Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is backing Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in the Democratic primary election for governor.
Standing together at a small Randallstown park on Tuesday morning, Ruppersberger said Kamenetz has a track record of "steady and smart leadership" in Baltimore County that will help him lead the state.
The two men have worked together since 1994, when Ruppersberger became county executive and Kamenetz was elected to the Baltimore County Council.
"Kevin was a hard worker," the Democratic congressman said. "He was intelligent and he was smart, and I think he's done a great job."
In addition to Ruppersberger's support, Kamenetz has picked up endorsements from the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore and Unite Here Local 25, which represents Washington-area hotel workers.
Kamenetz is among seven leading candidates seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November.
The others are Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker; former NAACP leader Ben Jealous; state Sen. Richard Madaleno; author Alec Ross; attorney Jim Shea; and Krish Vignarajah, a former policy advisor to Michelle Obama.
The Democratic primary election is June 26, with early voting starting on June 14.