Former Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe, who left office to take a private sector job before completing his term in 2012, is seeking a return to public office as a Circuit Court judge.
McAuliffe announced today he’s running for the Group 13 seat held by Judge David French, who is not expected to seek re-election in 2018.
McAuliffe was elected state attorney as a Democrat in 2008 and opened a 2012 re-election campaign in 2011. But in January 2012, amid expectations that Dave Aronberg would challenge McAuliffe in a Democratic primary, McAuliffe announced he would not seek re-election and would take a job with West Palm Beach-based Oxbow Carbon, which trades in carbon and industrial products and is headed by Palm Beach billionaire Bill Koch. A few days later, McAuliffe announced that he would leave office before completing his term.
Aronberg ended up running for state attorney and winning in 2012, then getting re-elected without opposition in 2016.
McAuliffe resigned as Oxbow’s general counsel in 2016. He has been doing some consulting and recently joined a West Palm Beach law firm, consultant Rick Asnani said.
McAuliffe’s wife, Robin Rosenberg, was elected to the Circuit Court without opposition in 2006 and served there until 2014, when she was confirmed for a federal judgeship.
“Public service has always been an important part of my life. I wish to continue to serve the residents of Palm Beach County and that is why I have decided to run for Circuit Judge, Group 13,” Michael McAuliffe said in a release by his campaign today.