MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) – A city council candidate in Michigan said Friday she has no plans to end her campaign after shocking a public forum. "[As far as possible."]
Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The Times Herald at Port Huron said she's one of five candidates for three council seats in November.
More than 90% of Marysville's 9,700-person population is white.
During a follow up interview Friday outside Marysville home, Cramer doubled down on her statements.
"Because those people do not know the other side of it," she said. "For whatever reason, I've heard, they love each other, whatever, but there's such a thing as remaining single. People do not have to get married, and they love somebody, love them single. There's nothing wrong with that. "
Cramer, 67, contends the bible backs her beliefs and assertions she does not believe she is a racist, despite the condemnation of her views.
" As far as I know, as long as we've been here, Marysville has been a white community, a white city, "she said. ". If we have a black person here and there, whatever, we're not bothered by it. I'm not bothered by it. "
A city council candidate shocked by a public forum when she said she wanted to leave the community" as much as possible. "Jean Cramer made the comment in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city northeast of Detroit. (Aug. 23)
Cramer made her say about Marysville as white as possible.
"Keep Marysville a white community as much as." possible, "she replied. "White. Seriously. In other words, no foreign-born, no foreign people. "
The Times-Herald was later asked Cramer
" Husband and Wife need to be the same race. " Same thing with kids, "she said. "How's it from the beginning of, how can I say when god created the heaven and the earth. He created Adam and Eve at the same time.
Mayor Dan Damman and other local leaders have withdrawn from the race.
"I would say that I probably came to the conclusion of this morning, "Damman said Friday. "After the initial shock of what she said really sank in and given the deep-seated viewpoints she has, I do not believe she is fit to serve as an elected official in Marysville or anywhere else."
Other candidates at the forum were deeply troubled. Mike Deising said: "Just checking the calendar here and making it sure it's still 201
Council member Paul Wessel said anyone who makes it to Marysville should be allowed to live there. Joseph Johns, who was Syrian, owned a local business and was an elected official for decades. He was the father of Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Hayman.
"I do not even know that. I'm so upset and shocked. … So basically, what you said is my father and his family had no business in this community, "Hayman told Cramer.