Donavon Wunschel knows how hard it is to find people to fill jobs in Spencer.
That’s one of the reasons why Wunschel is running for the Ward 4 position on the Spencer City Council.
“I know Spencer has jobs available, but we need people to fill them,” Wunschel said. “Right now, all we’re filling them with is people that are already working at jobs in Spencer, so it just keeps taking them from other companies. It’s better to try and bring in some new youth into the Spencer area. In order to do that, we need to have stuff for them to do, too.”
Wunschel has lived in Spencer for 13 years. He moved here when he opened and owned a motorcycle dealership in town. Now, he’s the branch manager for Midwest Mechanical.
He also serves on the city’s planning and zoning commission.
“I just felt a calling to do more for the community and volunteer some time,” Wunschel said. “I am a big advocate on bringing new people and generations for the younger growth. I want to work hard with the millennials and the generation Xs to have them want to come to Spencer because I am currently, in my position, I’m always looking for more people to work here.”
He said that right now he could hire 10 people “if they walked in the front door.”
But getting them in the door is the problem.
“I’m having a hard time finding these people,” Wunschel said.
If elected, Wunschel said he would push support for small businesses and apprenticeship programs similar to what Spencer schools currently offer.
“We just got to make sure that when they complete these programs that they’re willing to stay here,” he said.
Wunschel said Spencer has excellent parks and trails, as well as good infrastructure. But he’d like to target more small businesses that would be attractive to young people looking for jobs.
He also would like to see the riverfront development plan moved forward.
“It’s got a start, but it can grow to much, much more,” Wunschel said.
That plan, if executed, could be used as a tool to attract more people, he added.
“I’m a strong believer in the riverfront expansion, and I know that takes some time,” Wunschel said. “But building up the riverfront, so we have a nice area there with very attractive businesses (would be a priority).”