Racist comment by Marysville city council candidate shocks forum attendees

By Jackie Smith , Port Huron Times Herald

Capitalizing on Marysville’s current momentum — from redeveloping the old Mighty Marysville property to improvements at city parks — quickly became a common theme for city election candidates during a forum Thursday night.

But that thread was momentarily marred with shock following a racist statement from one City Council candidate in response to a question about diversity.

Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible,” said newcomer Jean Cramer, one of five candidates vying for three open council seats in November. The question: “Do you believe the diversity of our community needs to be looked at, and if so, should we be more aggressive in attracting foreign-born citizens?”

It’d come more than an hour into a forum that’d largely been filled with discussion of the city’s progress, including refurbished Little League fields, the planned purchase of the old DTE site along the St. Clair River and a slew of other developments officials cast a positive light on.

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