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Campaign worker in Homestead absentee-ballot controversy resigns


A man accused of absentee-ballot fraud last week in Homestead has resigned from Mark Bell’s mayoral campaign.

James Brady resigned from his job as a campaign worker late Friday, a few hours after Bell learned that a family of four had accused Brady and another man of filling out their ballots with the names of candidates they didn’t want.

“He told us his version of what happened and I told him, ‘Mr. Brady, until the investigation is over we’ll have to suspend you,’” Bell said Monday. “He said he’d voluntarily step down.”

Bell, whose wife is Miami-Dade County Commissioner Lynda Bell, stressed that all his campaign workers are instructed not to touch voters’ ballots. Their job, he said, is simply to canvass voters and promote his campaign.

Brady, 31, did not respond to a phone message Monday.

Betty Brockington accused Brady and another man whose name she didn’t know of filling out the families four absentee ballots with the names of candidates she and her relatives don’t support: Bell for Homestead mayor and Norman Hodge Jr. for city council.

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