Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees didn’t do so well in his bid to become Cincinnati’s new mayor. The singer came in a distant fifth place in the nonpartisan primary held on Tuesday, getting just 2 percent of the vote, or 708 votes. “I feel good,” a tired Jeffre told MTV News Wednesday morning (September 14). “I think we did well given the lack of coverage that the local media gave my campaign. I was a grass-roots candidate and not one of the big-money, big-party politicians and I got some national and international attention, but the local media chose to marginalize my campaign, which I think was a great disservice to the community.” Jeffre also revealed plans for a 98 Degrees reunion. “Nick and Jeff [Timmons] have studios in L.A., so we’re going to get together and start writing and working on our next project,” Jeffre said. “Everyone is ready to come together and it’s taken this long, so we’re in no hurry to drop something before we feel like we have things the way we want them.” Read more.
Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “Former 98 Degrees singer Justin Jeffre running for mayor of Cincinnati. Good campaign slogan, too. ‘Vote for me, or I’ll release another album’.”
The Cincinnati Post reports that former 98 Degrees member Justin Jeffre is mulling a mayoral run this year. Jeffre is trying to convince the VH1 to follow his campaign for a new reality TV series. “Basically, he pitched us an idea,” said Tracy McGraw, VH1’s vice president for communications. “It was just last week, and it’s something we’re looking at. No decision has been made.”