Candidate who wanted city as white ‘as possible’ gets 4%

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Jean Cramer, a candidate for the Marysville City Council, gives her opening remarks during a candidate forum Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Marysville, Mich., City Hall. Cramer shocked the public forum when she said she wants to keep her community white “as much as possible.” Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. (Brian Wells/The Times Herald via AP)

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (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, says 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: “Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible.”

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