WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - State Attorney Michael McAuliffe announced Tuesday morning he will not be running for re-election.
Mcauliffe has been in office since the beginning of 2009 -- serving just one term.
He released the following statement to WFLX about his decision to not seek re-election:
"After much thought and reflection, I have made the difficult decision to not seek re-election. I ran for, and was elected, state attorney to help make the community safer and government more accountable. My goal was to be a proactive state attorney and an assertive, reform-minded leader in Palm Beach County. I believe that, working with Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and other law enforcement leaders, I have achieved the goals I outlined at the start of my tenure. It was never my intention or ambition to be a long-term politician and I had always planned to re-enter the private sector after a period in public service.
"While I had remained open to, and had been pursuing, a second term as state attorney, a compelling opportunity in the private sector recently presented itself and caused me to re-evaluate my professional and personal goals. During this process, I have made the difficult decision to not seek another term.
"While it is premature to comment of the details of this private sector opportunity, it became apparent to me that I must announce my decision to not seek re-election now so that others who may wish to seek the office will have the time and opportunity to do so.