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Jim Wencel is a lifelong Michigan resident currently residing in Bad Axe with his wife Rita. Jim met Rita while they were attending Olivet College and they were married in 1976. Jim and Rita have four grown children of whom they are extremely proud.
Jim graduated from Chelsea High School in 1971 and received a BA degree from Olivet College in 1975. He was a standout wrestler in both high school and college. He received his Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University in 1983. Jim Wencel's work career began by helping his grandfather run a trap line when he was 10 years old. When Jim was in the fifth grade he started working at the service station his grandfather operated. He ran the candy counter, filled the pop machine, pumped gas, washed windows and helped his grandfather service automobiles, golf carts and farm equipment. He worked with his grandfather at the gas station until his grandfather retired from that business. In his high school years he played football, baseball and wrestled and in the summers and on weekends he worked on an area farm doing all sorts of farm related jobs including mechanic work on the farm equipment. During his senior year he took a job with Gateway Sports Centre as a marine mechanic and parts counter worker. He continued working at Gateway Sports Centre until it closed while he was in college. After his grandfather retired from the service station he started growing and selling produce. Jim helped his grandfather in this business planting thousands of plants, picking thousands of ears of corn and doing whatever his grandfather needed. Jim worked at various jobs to help pay for his college education. He was a cook and maintenance worker at Win Schulers Restaurant in Marshall, Michigan. He spent one summer and part of the school year as a test driver/mechanic at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea. Another summer he worked on a construction crew that built pole barns and did other construction and concrete work. After graduating from Olivet College in 1975 and not being able to find a teaching position because of economy at the time, he took a sales position with John Hancock Insurance. In 1977 Jim began his education career at Pine River High School where he was a teacher and coach. At Pine River, Jim was the varsity wrestling and track coach along with being on the football coaching staff. From there on Jim was always employed in an administrative capacity starting in 1983 with Coleman Schools with stops at Centreville Schools, Mayville Schools, Anchor Bay Schools and Bad Axe Schools. In Centreville Jim worked the summers for the St. Joseph County Sheriffs Department as a Marine Deputy. Jim was the Superintendant of Bad Axe Public Schools until he retired in 2010. Since then Jim has served as the Part-Time Superintendant at Owendale- Gagetown Public Schools along with serving as Vice President Public Finance at Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley and Company. Jim has many years of extensive leadership positions and hands on experience which makes Jim Wencel the logical choice for a seat in the House of Representatives representing the 84th District.
From 1977 to the present Jim Wencel has had extensive experience as a teacher, principal, superintendant, athletic director, wrestling coach, and football coach. This, along with his extensive financial experience in the business world indicates that Jim has the leadership abilities and takes a common sense approach in both identifying problems and implementing solutions.
Jim has also given back to the communities in which he has worked. He was in the Jaycees while living in the Cadillac Area and joined the Lions Clubs in both Centreville and Coleman. He and his family have been members of the United Methodist Church in every community in which they have lived. He has been a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, chairperson of the Finance Committee, on Staff/Pastor Parish Relation committees, Church councils and served as president of the United Methodist Men. He is a past President of the Bad Axe Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is currently the President of the Huron County Gideon Camp and is a church speaker for the Gideons International. Jim Wencel has served on many boards including being on the national board of directors for the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and the Board of Incorporators along with the Foundation Board for the Huron Medical Center. He is also on the board of directors for the Michigan Rural Healthcare Preservation, Inc. and was on the Board of Directors for the Equity Caucus.
Jim is an avid hunter and fisherman. He has been hunting and fishing since growing up in Chelsea. He goes on an annual fishing trip to Drummond Island, fishes Saginaw Bay and still enjoys deer hunting each fall. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Michigan Farm Bureau (Huron County), Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Business Officials, Michigan School Boards Association, the School Equity Caucus and has supported Right to Life, SafePlace, Michigan Sherriff’s Association, Disabled American Veterans, and Relay for Life along with donating and supporting many other deserving organizations.
Jim Wencel has been extremely successful coaching wrestling and football for over 35 years. Athletes and coaches alike always had respect for Jim as a coach and as a person whether they were coached by Jim or even if they were an opposing coach or athlete. Jim has coached and mentored many outstanding student-athletes and provided the leadership and guidance that taught the students to excel not only academically and athletically, but also in real life.
A New Direction
The condition of our district, state and even country as a whole needs to change to a new direction rather than our current direction which has caused a downward spiraling effect that needs to be stopped and corrected. I want to do this in a way that makes sense being pro-active instead of the reactive system that is in place now.
- Michigan Needs Help To Bring Back Common Sense Values Back Along With Our Economy.
- We Are One Nation Under GOD, Indivisable, With Liberty And Justice For All.