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."
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.
"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!