Minot alderman criticized for calling election to council a 'misfortune'

Image courtesy: Josh Wolsky

MINOT, N.D. - A Minot alderman is responding to criticism on the Internet after a remark he made in an online biography surfaced about his election to the council.

Josh Wolsky made the comment in his bio on his online publication "The Minot Voice."

The post read, in part, "He also had the recent misfortune of being elected to the Minot City Council."

That didn't sit well with some on social media, who commented that being elected to public office is an honor.

Meanwhile, others wrote off the comment as simply poking fun at the job.

Wolsky declined to comment on camera but offered the following written statement:

I've updated my author bio to reflect some new projects and add a winking emoticon. TheMinotVoice.com is a Minot-centric experiment in local media; a lot of what's published there is commentary, and when you write a lot, you become vulnerable to misinterpretation. It was not my intent to offend but to have fun with the paradox of public service; it's not always glamorous.

If anyone is concerned about my commitment to the office, I'd ask them to please tune into a live-stream of a City Council meeting on the City of Minot's Facebook page or Youtube Channel and judge my job performance there. Until then, I'm happy to let my work on TheMinotVoice, #GoodTalk Minot, Friends of the Souris, and #MakeMinot speak for my passion for this place. And if that's not enough, feel free to come express your dissatisfaction with me in person Thursday from 2:00-4:00 pm or Friday from 3:00-5:00 pm -- I'll be volunteering at the Environmentally Minded People of Minot's Bring Your Own Bag table at the 20th Ave SW Marketplace.

Respectfully,

Josh Wolsky

Wolsky was elected to the City Council as a political newcomer in a special election in June of 2017, when the council reduced from 14 members to six. He earned a three-year term on the council, placing in the top three in votes in the election.

His current term runs through June 2020.