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"Despite my best efforts to pursue this opportunity in good faith, I recently received information that has made such a pursuit unworkable," said the former Bachelor leading man in a statement

By Brittany King
Updated July 21, 2016 05:20 PM
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Ben Higgins will be on the national stage again soon – but it won’t be in a political capacity.

Despite an announcement on Wednesday that the most recent star of ABC’s hit show The Bachelor would be facing off in the Denver state House district against Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon (R), the second-ranking member of the House, Higgins withdrew his candidacy on Friday.

“I regret that I must withdraw my candidacy,” he said in statement. “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. I find solace in knowing that our intentions and actions have been fair and sincere. I entered into this endeavor wanting to bring positive change to my community, and it is with that same spirit that I will move forward, albeit on a different path.”

Higgins’ would-be opponent recently made headlines after being sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to drunken driving in March, has served as Colorado House speaker pro tem since January 2015.

Higgins, 28, briefly joined the race after small business owner William B. Pinkston withdrew his candidacy on July 8, according to the Denver Post.

Though the reality star, who now lives in northwest Denver with his fiancée Lauren Bushnell, never officially announced his candidacy, he had set up a website where fans were encouraged to support his possible campaign.

Higgins has a lot on his plate this upcoming year. Not only is he planning his wedding to Bushnell, but the pair are also staring in another reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, which begins in October 2016 on Freeform.