Here is the statement Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe released this morning:
“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.”