“The Bachelor” Ben Higgins really is running for election in Colorado

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The rumors apparently are true: Ben Higgins, a recent star of “The Bachelor,” has filed to run for office, according to papers he filed with the state on Wednesday.

The Bachelor's Ben Higgins in a publicity photo by ABC.

The Bachelor's Ben Higgins in a publicity photo by ABC.

Higgins has teased the possibility for a while, even publishing a website that doesn’t say much – but now it’s really real.

Higgins and his fiancee, Lauren Bushnell, moved to Denver this year after meeting one another on television. Both of them will appear on a new television show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, starting this fall. The election is in November.

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He’ll be running in House District 4, which stretches along the west side of Denver. There was already a Republican candidate for that seat, Willie Pinkston, but Pinkston has long said he’ll get out of the way for Higgins.

Pinkston told The Colorado Independent at least three things he liked about Higgins: He is capable, he can win and he has name recognition.

This season’s Bachelor viewers got to see Higgins’ Christian faith, his devotion to small-town Indiana, and also him telling two different women that he loved them.

I emailed The Bachelor, but he hasn’t written me back yet.

This is what Higgins said in a news release last month:

“Whatever lies ahead, love, grace, and hope are ideals that guide my life. I will take them with me into my next adventure … My priority is giving back to my community and serving my neighbors … Since the conclusion of The Bachelor, I have been exploring how I can best be of service. 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.”

Since moving to Denver, Higgins has been stuck in an elevator, made an extremely millennial choice of local sporting activity, and been chased by a crying fan for about 11 blocks.

Higgins will face incumbent Rep. Dan Pabon, a Democrat, who just pleaded guilty to a DUI.