“I regret that I must withdraw my candidacy,” said Higgins in a 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, 28, was set to run as a Republican for Congress in a primarily Democratic district, facing off against Representative Dan Pabon.
“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,” he told the Denver Post on July 21.
“Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After,” starring Higgins and his fiancee Lauren Bushnell, will air on Freeform in October.