Kendell wins county prosecutor seat

By Melanie Yingst -



MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Prosecutor Anthony “Tony” Kendell will continue to serve as county prosecutor for the next term beginning in 2017.

According to unofficial results, Kendell receive 62 percent of the vote versus former Miami County Municipal Court Judge Mel Kemmer who received 38 percent in the Republican primary.

“I just want to thank the voters of Miami County for their support and their confidence. I was disappointed with my opponent for going very negative in the end. I ran a positive campaign and it’s just a shame there are candidates and people that support them that go in for that kind of thing. I don’t think voters like it and I think they demonstrated that tonight. I’ve dedicated my professional life to the citizens of Miami County and it’s always been my honor and my privilege to serve in that capacity and I’ll continue to do it for the future with great pleasure.”

Kendell, 52, of Piqua, was appointed as Miami County Prosecutor after former county prosecutor Gary Nasal left office to fill the Miami County Municipal Court seat vacated by Kemmer.

Kemmer retired as a municipal judge in August 2012 during his second term on the bench. Nasal was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to take Kemmer’s seat in February 2013.

Mel Kemmer served as a judge in the Miami County Municipal Court for nearly nine years and has been engaged in the practice of law for more than 37 years.


By Melanie Yingst