A Michigan city council candidate who drew criticism and drew the country's attention last week for stating that her community was to remain white "as much as possible" had officially withdrawn from the race on Monday.
The candidate, Jean Cramer, who was trying to sit on the Marysville City Council, handed over a letter of a phrase to City Hall in the afternoon. It read: "I write this letter to withdraw from the city council's candidacy for the election of Marysville City Council on November 5, 2019."
On Thursday, at a forum of candidates, the moderator asked if the community should be more aggressive in attracting foreign-born residents. Ms. Cramer responded that Marysville should be "a white community, to the extent possible", with "no foreign people", pulling audible gasps at other candidates.
On Friday, Ms. Cramer explained her point of view at The Times Herald, a local newspaper. She said that interracial marriages was a "big problem," citing the Bible, and insisted that she was not racist. She told reporters that she was not considering dropping the race.
Marysville, located about 55 km northeast of Detroit, has a population of less than 10,000, and about 95% is white, according to census figures.
Mayor Dan Damman, who is not seeking re-election, said he appreciated Ms. Cramer's withdrawal from the race.
"I hope that she realizes that with her ideology, she is not fit to hold a position in Marysville or anywhere else," he said.
The Mayor said that Ms. Cramer's name would still appear on the November election ballot; she should have retired before April 26 to withdraw her name.
Mayor Damman stated that if Ms. Cramer got the most votes, she would probably refuse to serve and not take the oath of office because she publicly withdrew.
"I absolutely can not see it happen – not in our city," he said. "There were so many violent reactions to her from our residents who just said," You do not represent who we are. "
Mayor Damman said that he had not spoken Ms. Cramer in person, but he called for his withdrawal through the media and social media on Friday.
On Monday morning, Mayor Damman learned that Ms. Cramer had gone to Town Hall to verbally withdraw to the Acting Clerk of Finance, the most senior officer in the office at the time.
The Acting Clerk immediately called the City Manager, who told him that Ms. Cramer's withdrawal was to be in writing. Ms. Cramer was informed and summoned again to City Hall. She arrived a few hours later. with a letter typed in the hand.
"The deputy clerk was just not aware of the protocol," said Mayor Damman. "We have never been confronted with anything like this."
Ms. Cramer did not respond to Monday's phone calls seeking comment.
There are now four candidates vying for three vacant seats on City Council.