What happened to the members of 98 Degrees?
98 Degrees was proudly from Cincinnati, and in 2005 the members were parting ways in four different ways. Nick Lachey was busy with the MTV reality series “Newlyweds”, while his bandmate Justin Jeffre went in a completely different direction. April 1, 2005, according to MTV News, the then 32-year-old singer announced his candidacy for mayor of his hometown at the city’s School of Creative and Performing Arts, which Jeffre attended as a youth. He was accompanied and introduced by Lachey.
Benefiting from the campaign slogan, “Be the Change,” Jeffre’s campaign platform included issues such as building an arts district in downtown Cincinnati and improving education and services. community relations with the police. However, just over five months later, Cincinnati voters went to the polls for the mayoral primary election, and Jeffre just captured 708 votes – or, two percent of all ballots.
While his gamble on becoming Cincinnati’s most powerful elected official did not work out, Jeffre remained in town and became a community advocate and public figure. In 2011, he was arrested for trespassing during a local Occupy protest, according to Hollywood journalist. He then explained to the Cincinnati Enquirer (via THR), “I spent the night in jail, and it wasn’t fun. But this was the place to go if you stand up for free speech.” Jeffre, who has $ 2 million to his name, also founded the Cincinnati chapter of Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH), an organization that pushes municipalities to build more public toilets.