MARYSVILLE, Michigan. – A Michigan city council candidate said she had no plans to end her campaign on Friday after shocking a public forum when she said she wanted her community "as far as possible" aware. 19659002] Jean Cramer spoke on Thursday about a diversity issue in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 90 kilometers northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald in Port Huron said she was one of five candidates who applied for three council mandates in November.
More than 90 percent of Marysville's 9,700 residents are white During a follow-up interview on Friday in front of their Marysville home, Cramer doubled their statements. She said if there is a biracial connection in her family, she could understand why her attitude might upset her neighbors.
"Because those people do not know the other side of her," she said. "For some reason, as I've heard, they love each other, but there is also something like staying single, people do not necessarily marry, and if they love someone, they love single, there's nothing." wrong with that.
Cramer, 67, denies that the Bible supports her beliefs and claims she does not believe she is a racist, despite condemning her views.
"As far as I know, so long we were here, Marysville It was a white church, a white city, "she said." If we've seen a black person here and there, we will not be disturbed. I'm not disturbed. "
Cramer made her comments about keeping Marysville as white as possible on Thursday, after the presenter had asked candidates if the city should do more to attract foreign-born residents.
Keep Marysville as white as possible, as far as possible, "she answered. Seriously. In other words, not a foreigner, not a stranger. "
The Times-Herald later asked Cramer if she wanted to clarify her remarks.
" Husband and wife must be the same race The same goes for children, "she said "So it was from the beginning, 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 Damman and other local leaders have demanded their retirement from the race.
"I would say I probably came to the conclusion this morning," Damman said Friday. "After the initial shock of what she said, and given the deep-seated views she has, I do not think she's able to serve as an elected officer in Marysville or anywhere else."
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Other contestants in the forum were deeply concerned. Mike Deising said, "I'm just checking the calendar here and make sure it's 2019." The boardroom of the council is named after the late Syrian Joseph Johns, who owned a local business and was elected for decades as a civil servant. He was the father of Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Hayman.
"I do not even know that I can speak yet, I'm so upset and shocked … So basically you said that my dad and his family had nothing to do with being in this community" Hayman said to Cramer.