Justin Jeffre running for Council

Justin Jeffre, a member of the once-popular 98 Degrees pop band that sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, turned in petitions Monday at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in an attempt to get on the Nov. 6 ballot for Cincinnati City Council.

He has until Aug. 23 to get all 500 signatures – sources say he is about halfway there right now – plus pay the $75 fee and sign a nomination acceptance form once he has all the required valid signatures.

Jeffre joins an ever-growing cadre of local well-knowns vying for office, including eight incumbents, several former elected officials and one holding different public office.

So far, Laketa Cole, Minette Cooper, Greg Harris, Joan Kaup, Chris Monzel, Mitch Painter, Steve Pavelish, Cecil Thomas, Charlie Winburn and George Zamary have met all requirements and will be on the Cincinnati City Council ballot this fall.

Read more in Wednesday’s Cincinnati Post.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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