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Bachelor Ben Higgins may be running for office

Ben Higgins on the Feb. 1 episode of The Bachelor Live. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC)

The Bachelor season 20 star Ben Higgins is considering running for elected office in Colorado. Specifically, he’s considering running as a Republican for the Colorado House of Representatives, representing district four, which includes part of Denver.

While the Republican Party has already nominated a candidate, that person, Willie Pinkston, told The Colorado Independent that if Ben is interested, “I definitely plan on stepping aside. I’d be happy to,” in part because he thinks Ben is “likely the only other Republican who can win.”

Pinkston—or maybe Higgins’—opponent would be Dan Pabon, a Democrat who serves as Colorado’s speaker pro tem and has won both of his prior elections by large margins (81 to 19, 78 to 22). However, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI in March, and said in a statement to the Denver Post, “I regret the distress this has caused my family, my friends and my constituents.”

Earlier, The Colorado Statesman reported that Pinkston said in a leaked e-mail message,

“I am very impressed with Ben. Super great guy. I think he would be a very strong HD4 candidate and will support him. We have to continue to keep this a secret because it’s not official yet and [political consultant] Dustin [Olson] wants to make sure the press doesn’t catch wind of anything.”

Besides “meeting with GOP power brokers” and being advised by political consultants, Ben is already practicing his non-statement statements, telling The Independent,

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

Sounds like he’s running.