BW senior Ed Gorski takes the oath of office

Following his eloquent support for an anti-discrimination ordinance, Ed Gorski ’17 was asked to fill a council vacancy in his hometown.

BW Senior Takes Over City Council Seat in Olmsted Falls

April 14, 2017

BW senior Ed Gorski takes the oath of office

Graduating neuroscience and psychology major, Ed Gorski ’17, is not only a stellar student in the classroom and on campus, but a force for good in his community. At the tender age of 21, Gorski was recently sworn in as the new Ward 1 Councilman for Olmsted Falls, Ohio

The 18-year resident of the town was asked to take over the vacant position after the councilman at-large resigned in the midst of controversy over an anti-transgender sign he posted outside of his business in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Speaking out against discrimination

Gorski subsequently supported and spoke out in favor of an anti-discrimination ordinance that council passed, and members were so impressed with the BW senior, they asked him to apply for the council vacancy. He was sworn in on March 14, 2017.

"We tend to hate or oppose that which we don’t understand," Gorski told the council on the night of the council vote on the ordinance which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

"By marginalizing a community based on sexual or gender orientation, or anything that can be seen as a means to categorize or divide us—race, religion—we’re stunting an opportunity to grow and to become a richer, more diverse and more welcoming community. The non-discrimination ordinance that is under consideration would promote a sense of unity which is something that any community should strive for."

Although Gorski, who becomes the first openly gay council member in the city, will eventually head off to medical school, he says he has the time to devote to his community and council work before his graduate studies begin.