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There’s a new ‘Bachelorette’ contestant from St. Petersburg

When ABC’s reality dating competition The Bachelorette returns next week, the pool of 28 contestants vying for love and roses from Becca Kufrin will include a fitness trainer who lives in St. Petersburg.

Here’s what we know about 25-year-old Connor Jordan Obrochta:

• He played baseball at the University of Tampa, where he graduated from in 2014 with a degree in public health. He was part of the Spartans team that won the Division II national championship in 2013.

• He spent a season in the minor leagues for the Atlanta Braves organization, where batted .214 in 64 at bats in his pro career.

• His home town is St. Petersburg, and he attended St. Petersburg Catholic High School.

• He is not a big fan of buttoned shirt buttons. Not only does he have three open buttons in his official photo from ABC, he’s also been known to frequently use the hashtag #threebuttonminimum on Instagram.


• His dad might be your dentist. Is your dentist is Stephen P. Obrochta, DDS, of the Obrochta Center for Dental Health in St. Pete? If yes, then his dad is your dentist. His mother Rita Obrochta is a makeup artist and has been a Mary Kay consultant in the Tampa Bay area for 30 years.

• He appears to have a very cute and charmingly goofy dog who he refers to as Jordy or “young Jord.”


• He’s a health and wellness coach. The website for his personal training and group fitness class business is iamcjo.com. Here’s one of several 5-star reviews of CJO Fitness on Facebook: “He is only easy on the eyes, workouts are tough... plan to be a little sore and looking fierce. #hotmomsofconnor.”

You might catch him doing pull ups in Vinoy Park in St. Pete.


• He has done some modeling work. Here’s his portfolio, though his most visible work might be this campaign for Visit St. Pete Clearwater that ran in New York subways.


• He was Salt Bae for Halloween.

@nusr_et is just a poser... I am the real salt bae

A post shared by Connor J. Obrochta (@iam_cjo) on


Altogether there are seven Florida Men on the upcoming season of the Bachelorette, including contestants from Crystal River, Orlando, Pensacola, Naples and Sanford.

You may have already seen 26-year-old Crystal River resident and model Jordan Kimball. He’s the contestant featured in this commercial:

If you want to tune in and see where this goes, the season premiere is May 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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