Local officials receive angry messages after racist statement from a city council candidate in Marysville, Mich.
Local Marysville officials have had to correct some confusion after a city council candidate from Marysville, Mich., made racist comments on Aug. 22.
On that day Jean Cramer, who was running for city council in Marysville, Mich., but has since dropped out of the race, was at a candidates forum and said “keep Marysville a white community, as much as possible. White, seriously, in other words, no foreign born.”
The comments received some attention in various national news outlets and some local residents didn’t realize that the candidate was in a different Marysville.
“We got between 12 and 20 contacts on Friday,” said Connie Mennie, communications administrator for the city of Marysville.
“And the majority of those were people were defensive of Marysville, asking us if we knew about us and how it made us look bad,” she said.
A few people sent emails directly to the city’s current city council.
“We got a couple of what I would call hate mail directed to our elected officials,” said Mennie.
To add to the confusion MSN News mistakenly had a photo of Marysville, Wash., in their story.
“We contacted MSN, which was the outlet that incorrectly put a photo of our Marysville on their story and asked them to remove it, which did take a couple hours but did eventually happen,” said Mennie.
Local Marysville officials went to social media to correct the record.
“We thought it was important to proactively get out there and clarify the situation,” said Mennie.
Although she added that the city did not want to sensationalize the event or imply that Cramer’s statements are representative of the other Marysville.
“We would not characterize Marysville, Mich., as racist,” said Mennie. “The reaction of one individual doesn't reflect on a whole community."
Mennie said she is glad that much of the confusion about the event is now over.
“This was an unfortunate incident and we are glad that it hasn’t become an ongoing issue,” she said.
“Our Marysville is inclusive and we embrace all the people who live here,” she said.
Marysville, Wash., has a Diversity Advisory Committee that was started a few years ago to promote various cultures in the community.
Mayor Jon Nehring helped provide some support for the committee and attends meetings sometimes, but Mennie said it is largely a community-led initiative.
“It was really some community members that wanted to come together and the city did what they could to accommodate them,” she said.
The committee accomplished their goals over the first few years and now meets on an ad-hoc basis when members feel there is a need for a new project. Mennie said that the city continues to support and accommodate the committee.