McAuliffe not seeking re-election

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.

"I have been, and remain, very grateful for the opportunity to serve the community.  I intend to remain focused on being a highly effective state attorney for my remaining time in office. Thank you."