MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan City Council candidate on Friday said he had no plans to end his campaign after shocking a public forum when he said he wanted to keep his community white "as much 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 (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald in Port Huron said she was one of five candidates to run for three council seats in November.
More than 90% of the 9,700 Marysville people are white.
A follow-up interview Friday in front of her home in Marysville, Kramer doubled down on her statements. 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 whatever reason, I heard, they love each other, whatever, but there's such a thing as a single remaining. People do not necessarily have to marry and if they love someone they love them unmarried. There is nothing wrong with this. "
The 67-year-old Kramer disputes the Bible, upholds her beliefs, and claims that she does not believe that she is racist despite her condemnation.
" As far as I know, since 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 are not worried about it.
A city council candidate shocked a public forum when she said she wanted to keep the city a" white community "as much as possible. Jean Kramer made the comment in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city northeast of Detroit. (August 23)
Kramer made his comments on keeping Marysville as white as possible Thursday after a moderator asked candidates whether the city should do more to attract residents
"Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible," she replied. Seriously. In other words, no stranger, no strangers. "
Later, the Times-Herald asked Kramer if he wanted to clarify his remarks.
"The husband and wife must be of the same race. It's the same with the kids, ”she said. "That is from the beginning of how can I say when God created heaven and earth. He created Adam and Eve at the same time. But as far as I'm against blacks, no, I'm not. "
Mayor Dan Daman and other local leaders called for her withdrawal from the race.
"I'd say I probably came to that conclusion this morning," Damon said Friday. "After the initial shock of what she said, she really sank into and (given) the deeply held views that she has, I do not believe she is ready to serve as an elected official in Marysville or anywhere." [1
Council Member Paul Wesell said anyone who makes it to Marysville should be allowed to live there. The boardroom was named after the late Joseph Jones, who was Syrian, owned a local business, and was elected official for decades. He was the father of Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Heyman.
"I don't even know I can speak, I'm so upset and shocked. … So actually, what you said was that my dad and his family didn't have a job in this community, "Hayman tells Kramer.