Hundreds turn out to “Meet the Candidates”

Candidates share platforms at annual event

By Melanie Yingst -

Anthony Kendell

Anthony Kendell

Mel Kemmer

MIAMI COUNTY — Several hundred people attended the Leadership Troy Alumni’s annual Meet the Candidates Night at Troy Junior High School on Wednesday.

The forum featured Republican candidates with opposition in the March Primary, including those for Miami County Commissioner: Richard Cultice, Gregory Simmons, Jack Evans, and Cynthia Lillicrap; for Prosecuting Attorney: Mel Kemmer and Anthony Kendell; for Sheriff of Miami County: Chris Anderson, Steven Cooper, Dave Duchak, and Paul Reece.

Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman presented the district’s five-year 5.8-mills levy renewal, which will appear on the March 15 ballot. The 5.8-mills levy generates $3.4 million per year for the district. The levy was last renewed in 2011.

“I believe in the city of Troy, I believe in our schools and I believe in the citizens. I’d like to thank you for your support on March 15,” Herman said. “A vote ‘Yes’ to renew our levy would really be appreciated. There’s no increase in taxes. A ‘Yes’ vote would maintain our ability to take care of our schools and our kids.”

Miami County Prosecutor Anthony “Tony” Kendell and retired Miami County Municipal Court Judge Mel Kemmer will appear on the March 15 Republican ballot for county prosecutor.

Miami County Prosecutor Tony 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.

A question from the audience asked the pair what value they placed in each area of the law in the prosecutor’s office.

“I don’t think one is any more important than the other — I treat them all the same. You are going to put the effort in the criminal as you would the civil. I do things one way and that’s all the way. There’s nothing done, half done. That’s the work ethic I have and I expect from my people and that’s the way we treat it,” Kendell said.

Kemmer agreed with Kendell’s response.

“There’s no opportunity that’s inappropriate for the elected official, the elected prosecuting attorney to say ‘Well, you know, I like this area of law so I’m going to value that higher — I’m going to do that because I like it or I don’t like this area as well so I’m not going to spend any time doing that,” Kemmer said. “That is inappropriate. It is wrong and I wouldn’t do it.”

Both Kemmer and Kendell shared they are spending between $10-15,000 on their campaigns. Kemmer said his nearly $15,000 in campaign funds were from friends and supporters and Kendell said his campaign was mostly self-funded.

Prosecutor Kendell resides in Springcreek Township in Piqua with his two children. For more information about his background, visit

Kemmer has been married to his wife, Mary Beth, for more than 46 years. They have two sons and two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

For more information about Kemmer, visit Kemmer’s Facebook Page “Kemmer for Prosecutor.”

Anthony Kendell Kendell

Mel Kemmer Kemmer
Candidates share platforms at annual event

By Melanie Yingst

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