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MIAMI - Mugshot of Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman after his arrest on 8/28/13 (Source: Miami-Dade Police)

MIAMI – Mugshot of Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman after his arrest on 8/28/13 (Source: Miami-Dade Police)

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HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) – Suspended Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman isn’t putting his political career on hold despite his recent arrest on charges of unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior.

Bateman filed Friday afternoon to run for re-election in the November election, the city of Homestead confirmed to CBS4. The deadline to qualify for the election was 4:30 p.m. Friday.

In addition to the felony charges of unlawful compensation for official behavior, Bateman also faces second-degree misdemeanor charges of violation of the Miami-Dade Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance for exploitation of official position, acquiring a financial interest and unregistered lobbying.

According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, former councilman Jeff Porter, former Homestead Mayor Lynda Bell’s husband Mark Bell; and the Reverend Joseph Sewell are expected to run for mayor of Homestead.

In the interim, vice-mayor Jon Burgess will lead the Homestead City Council while Bateman fights the charges against him.

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