Talk about a plot twist!
While planning his wedding with Lauen Bushnell might be at the top of Ben Higgins' "list," it looks like hitting the campaign trail is a close second!
On Thursday, we learned that The Bachelor star filed to run for a position in Colorado's House of Representatives in the upcoming general election.
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The reality star, who registered as a Republican, is taking on incumbent Dan Pabon, who is serving as the Democratic Representative for the state's fourth district, which includes Northwest Denver.
The ABC alum told the Denver Post about his political plans, saying:
"I am definitely not a politician, but I have a lot to offer through my years in the financial services industry and, more importantly, my work in charitable and humanitarian organizations."
Ben's nomination papers were filed with the Colorado Secretary of State on Friday night, but he has yet to make a public announcement.
However, a woman at the Denver County's Republican Headquarters told the newspaper:
"As of now, he's building his party platform and figuring out what he wants to do next."
By throwing his hat in the ring, Ben prompted small business owner William "Willie" B. Pinkston to withdraw his candidacy earlier this month.
Back in May, Willie had told the Post that he would back out of the race if Ben decided to run, saying:
"Ben is the only Republican in the district I would step aside for. He's a great guy and likely the only other Republican who can win."
We wonder if his spinoff show will capture his campaign on camera?!
[Image via Ben Higgins/Instagram.]
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