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Twelve Rock Stars Who Ran for Public Office

The political aspirations of Sonny Bono, Martha Reeves, Youssou N’Dour and more

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Last week Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour announced his candidacy for the president of Senegal. He's far from the first rock star to try and cross over into politics. Sometimes they are successful (Martha Reeves, Sonny Bono), but more often they discover that voters just aren't willing to take their candidacy all that seriously. Click through for a gallery of rock stars who tried to make the transition. 

By Andy Greene

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Martha Reeves

As the frontman of Martha and the Vandellas, Martha Reeves sang some of Motown's greatest songs, including "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave," "Dancing In The Street" and "Nowhere To Run." Between 2005 and 2009 she served on the Detroit City Council. She lost her re-election bid after critics complained that her music career didn't leave her enough time to govern, often taking her out of town while crucial bills were being debated. 

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