Update On Michigan City Council Candidate Who Wants To Keep City White ‘As Much As Possible’

Written by Ann Brown
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Michigan city council candidate Jean Cramer ran on a platform that she wanted to keep the city of Marysville “a white community as much as possible.” She has now withdrawn from the race.

Cramer drew nationwide criticism for stating she wanted to keep her community “a white community as much as possible.” Initially, she made the statement during a candidate forum. When the moderator asked Cramer and the other candidates if the city should be more diverse, Cramer answered: “Keep Marysville She then doubled down, adding, “White. Seriously. In other words, no foreign-born, no foreign people.” 

When asked to explain her comments by The Times Herald in Port Huron, she added she believed people of different races should not wed.

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“Husband and wife need to be the same race. Same thing with kids,” Cramer espoused. “That’s how it’s been from the beginning of, how can I say, when God created the heaven and the earth.” She pointed out she didn’t believe her comments were racist.

According to The Associated Press, Marysville is approximately 55 miles northeast of Detroit and is home to 9,700 residents, over 90 percent of whom are white.

Marysville Mayor Dan Damman said he was more than happy Cramer withdrew from the race. He told CBS News her “racist” comments were “as vile as they were jaw dropping” and that he had “urged her” to withdraw her candidacy.

“Mrs. Cramer’s disturbing and disgusting ideology was flatly rejected by me, our entire City Council, all of City Administration and our employees,” said Damman. 

Cramer sent a one-sentence letter to Damman, stating she had withdrawn from the race. “I am writing this to withdraw as a city council candidate for the City of Marysville election, November 5, 2019,” read the letter. 

“I am very thankful that Mrs. Cramer has withdrawn from the city council race,” Damman said. “Public sentiment from our residents was swift and bold as they rejected her ideology. It is my sincere hope that she withdrew because she recognized that her belief system and ideology have no place in public service; not in Marysville, not anywhere.” 

But although she has withdrawn from the race, Cramer’s name will still remain on the November 5 election ballot as it was too late for her name to be removed.

Cramer, 67, was one of five residents vying for three seats.