The 28-year-old Denver native is running as a Republican in House District 4, a Denver state House district that is predominantly Democratic. He’ll be facing off against Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon, The AP reports.
“I am definitely not a politician, but I have a lot to offer through my years in the financial service industry and, more importantly, my work in charitable and humanitarian organizations,” Higgins said in a statement to the Denver Post on Thursday, July 21.
The former reality star, who is currently engaged to Bachelor season 20 winner Lauren Bushnell, is also currently filming an unscripted series about their life together, titled Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After. The show is set to air on the Freeform network in the fall.
“People reach out to me about community development and planning and how to counsel places that need help, which is really cool because it isn’t something I necessarily had a platform on before, other than my service, and so through all of that the next question was post-Bachelor, this platform that I now had, what should we do with that?” he previously told Us Weekly. “And one of the first things that came to mind was I’ve always had a large interest in politics.”
Higgins already has an official campaign website that features an email list interested parties can join in order to receive update on his journey.
“Thank you for your support as Ben explores his opportunities to make a positive impact on his local community!” his website reads.