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Cramer Drops Out of Race After Racist Comments

A city council candidate in Michigan's Thumb bows out of bid for one of three seats available in Marysville after racist comments at a public forum go viral


Jean Cramer at last Thursday's public forum. Credit: Lansing State Journal.

LANSING (Great Lakes News) -- A city council candidate in Michigan’s Thumb will still be on the November 5th ballot even though she’s withdrawn from the city council race in her community.


Jean Cramer’s comments came under fire last week at a public forum when she said, “It’s my suggestion [and] recommendation: keep Marysville a white community as much as possible.”


The 67-year-old Cramer had been part of a public forum on Thursday where the conversation took a turn to Marysville being a “welcoming” community. This refers to the housing of illegal immigrants and encouraging the police not to question people about their immigration status. A welcoming city also highly recommends law enforcement prohibit its officers from working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A 2017 Global Detroit study claims that Michigan’s dwindling population has seen slight growth recently, mostly due to foreign-born residents. In the state’s Thumb region which sits above Detroit, this is particularly true.

Because of this conversation, the 67-year-old Cramer also said people of different races should not marry. According to The Times Herald in Port Huron, Cramer attempted to clarify her comment by saying, "Husband and wife need to be the same race. Same thing with kids. That's how it's been from the beginning of, how can I say, when God created the heaven and the earth."


Marysville Mayor Dan Damman urged Cramer to remove herself from the race. Damman told CBS News, "Mrs. Cramer's disturbing and disgusting ideology was flatly rejected by me, our entire City Council, all of City Administration and our employees."


Cramer submitted a letter to the city on Monday, stating "I am writing this to withdraw as a city council candidate for the City of Marysville election, November 5, 2019.” Cramer did not list a reason why she’s dropping out. She had been one of five candidates vying for three seats on the city council.

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