Suspended Homestead Mayor Running For Re-Election After Being Arrested

MIAMI (AP) — The mayor of Homestead was suspended from office after being arrested earlier this week, but that won’t keep him from running for re-election.

City records show that 58-year-old Steve Bateman has filed his paperwork to run in the November election. The filing deadline was Friday.

Bateman was arrested on corruption charges Wednesday. The investigation centers on Bateman’s $125-an-hour gig with Community Health of South Florida Inc. The company was seeking approval from the Homestead city council to expand.

Authorities say Bateman never disclosed his consulting work. They also say Bateman sought county approval for sewer improvements for the health clinic without disclosing his job with the company.

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Bateman from office later Wednesday. If Bateman wins in November, his suspension will remain in place until the charges are resolved.

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