Marysville council hopeful withdraws after racist remark

    Jean Cramer, the embattled candidate for Marysville City Council whose racist comments attracted national media attention over the last several days, formally withdrew from the local race on Monday. 

    Marysville Mayor Dan Damman told the Detroit Free Press that Cramer had submitted a letter pulling out of the race after saying at a public forum that she wanted to keep Marysville as “a white community.” 

    Cramer provided a one-sentence withdrawal that didn’t provide details about her decision. Her letter came three days after Damman called for her to do so. The 10,000-resident city is located in St. Clair County near the bottom of the Thumb area of the mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula.  


    Cramer, who was one of several residents vying for three City Council seats in the November election, set off a firestorm of controversy last week. She responded to a question at a candidates’ forum about attracting foreign-born residents to the community. 

    Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes, May 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    She responded: “Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible.”

    Over the weekend, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes blasted Cramer via tweet and blamed President Donald Trump for inspiring such rhetoric

    “Trickle-down racism brought to you by @realDonaldTrump and all those who remain silent as our founding principles of equality and justice are traded in for ignorance and hate.”

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.


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