PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - State Attorney Michael McAuliffe announced Tuesday morning that he will not seek re-election.
McAuliffe said in a media release that he is confident of his work with Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and other law enforcement leaders, and that he has achieved the goals he outlined at the start of his tenure.
"I ran for, and was elected, state attorney to help make the community safer and government more accountable," he said in the release. "My goal was to be a proactive state attorney and an assertive, reform-minded leader in Palm Beach County."
McAuliffe added, "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 he said he remained open to and was pursuing a second term as state attorney, another opportunity presented itself and caused him to re-evaluate his professional and personal goals.
"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," McAuliffe said. "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."