Candidate Who Wanted To Keep Michigan City White Gets 4% Of Vote

WWJ News
November 07, 2019 - 10:10 am

Jean Cramer, a candidate for the Marysville City Council, gives her opening remarks during a candidate forum Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Marysville City Hall. (photo:© Brian Wells/Times Herald via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

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MARYSVILLE, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A city council candidate in Michigan who dropped out after saying she wanted to keep her community white "as much as possible" still received 4% of the vote.

Jean Cramer ended her candidacy in Marysville in August, but it was too late to remove her name from the ballot. Cramer finished last among five candidates with 180 votes.

Cramer couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday. Her phone line was busy.

Marysville's new mayor, Wayne Pyden, said he believes Cramer might have received votes from older residents who heard her pledge to help senior citizens.

At a summer forum, Cramer created a furor when a moderator asked if the city should do more to attract foreign-born residents.

Cramer replied: "My suggestion, recommendation: Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible."

"White, seriously, in other words, no foreign born, no foreign people because of what -- oh, how can I say -- in our past we have experienced, it's better to have it simply American born. Put it that way," she said. "And no foreigners, no."

After the forum, Cramer told The Times Herald that she's not "against blacks" but believes married couples and their children "need to be the same race."

"That’s how it’s been 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," she said. "But as far as me being against blacks, no I’m not.”