'Bachelor' Star Ben Higgins Drops Plan to Run for Office

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Ben Higgins

"Despite my best efforts to pursue this opportunity in good faith, I recently received information that has made such a pursuit unworkable," the reality TV star shared in a statement.

Former Bachelor Ben Higgins has opted out of running for political office in Colorado.

The reality TV star, who had previously told The Colorado Independent that he was seriously considering a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, said in a statement that he's withdrawing his candidacy due to "unforeseen circumstances."

"Despite my best efforts to pursue this opportunity in good faith, I recently received information that has made such a pursuit unworkable," the statement reads. "Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to move forward as a candidate."

It continues, "I find solace in knowing that our intentions and actions have been fair and sincere. I entered into this endeavor wanting to bring positive change to my community, and it is with that same spirit that I will move forward, albeit on a different path."

Higgins, who has been happily engaged to fiancee Lauren Bushnell since season 20 of The Bachelor concluded, will star next in his own spinoff reality show Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After.

The series airs on Freeform in October. Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Jason Ehrlich will serve as the executive producers.

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