Pop singer Justin Jeffre says he’s headed back to the recording studio, but don’t be surprised if he makes another run at politics.
Jeffre, a member of the pop act 98 Degrees, ran fifth among seven candidates in Tuesday’s mayoral primary in Cincinnati, garnering 1.7 percent of the votes cast. Residents chose two veteran politicians to face off in the November election.
“We’re going to collect our big yard signs and leave the door open for another run,” Jeffre said. “Don’t be surprised if you see JJ2k9 (Justin Jeffre 2009).”
Jeffre, 32, said he accomplished what he set out to do in his first run for mayor of his hometown. “A lot of what we wanted to do is turn people on to this process, people who have been disconnected or don’t buy into what they see as a spoiled or corrupt system,” he said. “It was my way of bringing a little bit of fun and pop culture into what is usually thought of as a boring process.”
Jeffre also said 98 Degrees will regroup. It has been five years since their last album was released.
“The group will be getting back together shortly, getting some of the rust off the vocal cords,” Jeffre said. “We’ll be in the studio together. We’re talking about the next project, about how we’re eager to get back together. We’re all still tight.”
Nick Lachey has been the high-profile member of 98 Degrees while the others — Jeffre, Drew Lachey and Jeff Timmons — have been working on solo projects or pursuing other interests.
“We’ve all been living life to the fullest during our break,” Jeffre said. “We’re all more experienced now; we’ll bring that to our work. We’re going to take our time and do what we feel is right. We’re not rushing anything.”
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