'Bachelor' Star Ben Higgins Reportedly Eyeing Run for Office in Colorado
Centennial State, will you accept his rose?
Bachelor star Ben Higgins might be trying his hand at politics.
The 28-year-old Indiana native, who works and lives in Colorado with his season 20 fiancee, Lauren Bushnell, is "seriously considering a run" for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, according to The Colorado Independent.
Higgins, a software consultant, confirmed to the newspaper in a statement that he's weighing a run for the state legislature, specifically a bid for House District 4. Currently, the seat is held by Democratic Speaker Pro Tem Dan Pabon.
Though he admitted he's "definitely not a politician," the Bachelor star told the Independent that he is still open to the idea. "Whatever lies ahead, love, grace, and hope are ideals that guide my life. I will take them with me into my next adventure," Higgins said in the statement. "Lauren and I aren’t sure yet what that will be, but in terms of representing House District 4, Willie Pinkston is an amazing person and any decision I make regarding entering the race will be based on what is best for Willie, his family and for Lauren and me."
Though he is hopeful about the possibility of scoring the Republican nominee ticket — he reportedly launched the website Ben Higgins for Colorado, which tells fans upon entry: "Thank you for your support as Ben explores his opportunities to make a positive impact on his local community! To stay informed as Ben begins this journey, please sign up to receive emails below" — conservatives in District 4 already have nominated Pinkston for the seat.
But Higgins needn't worry: "I definitely plan on stepping aside," said Pinkston, if Higgins opts to run, adding, "I’d be happy to."
He referred to Higgins as "likely the only other Republican who can win" in the Denver district that is heavily Democratic.
Reps for ABC's The Bachelor had no comment.