MARYSVILLE, Mich. – A Michigan City Council candidate said Friday that she had no plans to end her campaign after shocking a public forum when she said she wanted to keep her community white "as far as possible."  Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a town in St. Clair County, 55 miles northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald in Port Huron said she was one of five candidates to run for three councils in November.
More than 90 percent of the 9,700 Marysville people are white.
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During a follow-up interview Friday at her home in Mary She said if there was a biracial marriage in her family, she could understand why her position might upset her neighbors.
"Because these people don't know the other side of it," she said. "For some reason I've heard they love each other, but there is such a thing as staying unmarried. People don't have to marry, and if they love someone, they love them unmarried. There's nothing wrong." "
Cramer, 67, claims that the Bible supports his beliefs and claims that he does not believe that she is racist despite condemning her views.
" As far as I know, as long as we are here, Marysville is a white community, a white city, "she said. "If we have seen a black man here and there, whatever, we do not bother him. I do not bother him."
Kramer made his comments to keep Marysville as white as possible Thursday, after the moderator asked candidates if the city needed to do more to attract foreigners.
"Support the Marysville White Community as much as possible," she replied. "White. Seriously. In other words, no foreign born, no foreign people."
Later, the Times-Herald asked Kramer if he wanted to clarify his remarks.
"The husband and wife should be of the same race. The same thing with children," she said. "That is from the beginning of how I can tell when God created heaven and earth. He created Adam and Eve at the same time. But if I am against blacks, I am not."