EXCLUSIVE: 'Bachelor' Ben Higgins Says He Still Has a Future in Politics

Lauren Zima

Former Bachelor Ben Higgins was set to run for the Colorado House of Representatives this summer, but in a surprise move, withdrew his candidacy in July. At the time, he said in a statement, "I regret that I must withdraw my candidacy … Despite my best efforts to pursue this opportunity in good faith, I recently received information that has made such a pursuit unworkable. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to move forward as a candidate."

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But Higgins tells ET a political career is still in the cards for him. "I am so excited to pursue that in the future," he said. "I think with where [my fiancée] Lauren [Bushnell] and I's life is right now, it was best for us to kind of switch gears and kind of make, I guess, appropriate decisions for our life at this time. But I am excited in the future to run for office, or to at least pursue and be a part of that."

The 28-year-old says when a move into politics might happen isn't definite. Right now, he's busy with his new reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, which premieres Oct. 11 on Freeform. Pus, he's still working in software sales, and Higgins has other interests he may pursue.

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"There are opportunities that come from being the Bachelor … and it wouldn't be smart to pass those things up," he said. "I would love to get more involved with sports, whatever that looks like. I don't know if television is exactly that, but I've seen Lauren do her blog and it brings her joy … I want to find a couple things that I can really dive into. I still love working with the non-profit that I work with, Humanity & Hope."

Higgins and Bushnell also opened up to ET about how they're making their relationship work after The Bachelor – watch the video below!

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