MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell announced his intention to seek re-election for the prosecutor’s office during a press conference on Friday.
Kendell, 52, of Piqua, said he plans on filing his petition next week.
“I have two passions in my life, one is my family and the other is prosecuting criminals,” said Kendell as he stood among his supporters outside the Miami County Safety Building. “I’ve dedicated my professional life to public service and it’s been both my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Miami County for two-plus decades in the prosecutor’s office. And with their blessing and their vote, I plan on continuing all of my work.”
Kendell said he has convicted more than 6,000 felonies in adult common pleas court. Kendell also noted his recent appointment last September by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to serve on an advisory committee concerning Rights for Victims with Disabilities. Kendell is the only prosecuting attorney to serve on the state advisory committee.
“It is very dear to my heart and close to my staunch advocacy for victim’s rights,” Kendell said.
Kendell also announced plans for the recent federal department of justice grant in the amount of $238,000. The grant was awarded to the Miami County Victim Witness Office, a division of the prosecutor’s office.
Kendell said funds will go toward providing a child-friendly interview room for child victims of violent crimes, clothes for sexual assault victims, as well as education for law enforcement, social workers, teachers and therapists and other professionals.
In 2013, Kendell was appointed as Miami County Prosecutor after former county prosecutor Gary Nasal left office to fill the Miami County Municipal Court seat vacated by Mel Kemmer. Kemmer retired as municipal judge in August 2012 during his second term on the bench. Nasal was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to take Kemmer’s seat.
On Oct. 31, Kemmer announced his plans to run against Kendell for county prosecutor. Both Kemmer and Kendell will appear on the Republican primary ballot on March 15, 2016.
Below is Prosecutor Kendell’s press release in its entirety:
Miami County Prosecuting Attorney, Anthony (Tony) E. Kendell, has announced that he will be seeking re-election in the upcoming year.
Following an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces, Prosecutor Kendell was hired in 1993 into the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office by current Appellate Court Judge Jeffrey M. Welbaum. During his tenure with the office, he has successfully prosecuted countless criminals, having tried dozens of adult felony jury trials, including murder, child rape, violent felonies, drug trafficking, and organized crime.
In addition, Prosecutor Kendell has worked tirelessly in every other section of the Prosecutor’s Office; representing Miami County Children’s Services in cases filed for the Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency of children, and acting as legal advisor to various Miami County and township boards, agencies, commissions and elected officials in the civil division. Prosecutor Kendell also oversees the Miami County Victim/Witness division of the Prosecutor’s Office, who provides support and services to victims of crime. In his brief time as Prosecutor, Mr. Kendell has collected well over a million dollars in delinquent taxes on behalf of the county.
In his distinguished career, Prosecutor Kendell has maintained a close working relationship with all Miami County law enforcement agencies, making himself available 24 hours a day, and responding to crime scenes to assist and advise law enforcement any time he is needed. Recently, Prosecutor Kendell was selected by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office as the only prosecuting attorney in the entire state to sit on an Advisory Committee concerning Rights for Victims with Disabilities. Prosecutor Kendell is particularly honored by this appointment, as its purpose parallels his longstanding and staunch advocacy for victim’s rights.
After being promoted and serving as First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Prosecutor Kendell was unanimously appointed as the County Prosecutor by the Miami County Republican Central Committee nearly three years ago, and was again supported during his election just last year.
Prosecutor Kendell earned an associate degree in engineering at Edison State Community College before transferring to Wright State University, whereupon he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and economic theory. He earned his law degree from The University of Dayton School of Law in 1996.
Prosecutor Kendell resides in Springcreek Township in Piqua with his two children. During his free time, he attends Grace Baptist Church, is on the volunteer roster for Riverside Development Disabilities, and spends time with his family.
Prosecutor Kendell has dedicated his professional life to the citizens of Miami County by defending the rights of victims and working tirelessly to make Miami County a safer, better place to live. He will continue that commitment with the blessing, and the votes, of the good people of Miami County.
For more information, please see the campaign website: reelectkendell.com
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