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The candidate who said Michigan City should stay put out of the Council race



A Michigan City Council candidate who drew criticism and national attention last week, saying her community should remain white "as far as possible" formally withdrew from the race Monday.

The candidate, Jean Kramer, who was running for a seat on the Marysville Municipal Council, handed a one-handed letter to the Town Hall in the afternoon. He states, "I am writing this letter to withdraw as a candidate for the Marysville City Council Election on November 5, 2019."

At a candidate forum Thursday, the moderator asked if the community should be more aggressive in attracting locals. Ms. Kramer replied that Marysville should be "as white a community as possible" without "strangers," drawing on sound applications from its fellow candidates.

On Friday, Ms. Kramer expanded her views to the local newspaper, The Times Herald. She said interracial marriages were a "big problem", citing the Bible, and insisted she was not racist. She told reporters there were no plans to drop the race.

Marysville, which is about 55 miles northeast of Detroit, has a population of less than 10,000 and about 95 percent of it is white, according to census data.

Mayor Dan Daman, who did not seek re-election, said he appreciated Ms Cramer's withdrawal from the race.

"My hope is that she realizes that by her ideology she is not fit for office in Marysville or anywhere else," he said.

The Mayor said that Ms Cramer's name would still be on the ballot in the November elections; she should retire by April 26 to remove her name.

Mayor Damon said that if Mrs. Cramer received the most votes, she would most likely refuse to serve and would not be sworn in as she withdrew publicly.

"I just can't see this happening in any way – not in our city," he said. "Our residents have so many reactions that they just say, 'You don't represent who we are. "People are offended."

Mayor Daman said he had not spoken to . Personally Kremer, but he called for her withdrawal through media outlets and social media on Friday.

On Monday morning, Mayor Daman was told that Mrs. Kramer had gone to the mayoralty to retire orally to the acting finance officer, the most senior official in the office at the time.

The acting clerk immediately called the city manager, who said that Mrs. Cramer's withdrawal should be in writing. same. Kramer was notified and called back to the town hall and arrived in a few hours with a handwritten letter.

"The deputy clerk was simply not familiar with the record," said Mayor Daman. "We have never encountered anything like this."

Ms. Kramer did not respond to phone calls Monday requesting comment.

Now four candidates are running for three open seats on the City Council.


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