NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Bachelor Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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By Cady Lang
June 3, 2016

Ben Higgins is probably most best-known to America as the most recent of ABC’s “Bachelors,” but it looks like he might be adding another title to his bio: politician.

The 28-year-old software consultant confirmed to The Colorado Independent that he’s “seriously considering a run” for a contested seat in the state House of Representatives, and he’s already created a website to rally local supporters while meeting with local lawmakers.

“Whatever lies ahead, love, grace, and hope are ideals that guide my life. I will take them with me into my next adventure,” he said.

The seat is currently held by state House Speaker Pro Tempore Dan Pabone, a Democrat. Higgins would run as a Republican if he pulled the trigger. Republicans had already nominated local insurance executive Willie Pinkston, but Pinkston said he would gladly step aside if Higgins decided to officially join the race.

“I definitely plan on stepping aside,” Pinkston told the Independent. “I’d be happy to.”

 

Higgins jumped into the spotlight earlier this year during his stint as the 20th bachelor in The Bachelor franchise; he ultimately chose (and gave the final rose) to Lauren Bushnell during the season finale.

Write to Cady Lang at cady.lang@timemagazine.com.

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