By all accounts, 2013 should have been a quiet year in politics. In Washington, the President was riding high after an easy re-election. In Tallahassee, the Republicans remained in firm control of the state’s government. And locally, there were no major elections to embarrass South Florida.
Jeffrey Porter declared victory in the Homestead mayoral race Tuesday night.
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.
At a rally Thursday evening supporters of suspended Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman said they aren’t bothered by the Bateman’s arrest Wednesday.
For the third time in as many weeks, a local mayor has found himself on the wrong side of the law.
As the Mayor of Homestead, Steve Bateman has been relentless pushing county officials to approve permits for a new sewage pump station in South Dade. He spent hours at County Hall cajoling staff, he berated reluctant bureaucrats in emails, and he even pitched the project during a rare, hour-long February meeting with County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The City of Homestead has decided re-elect their mayor.