Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has announced he will not seek re-election in 2014, but instead will concentrate on a campaign for governor in 2016.

Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III has announced he plans to forgo running for re-election as the state’s attorney general in 2014 and instead will focus on becoming governor in 2016.

In a letter released today from his office, Biden, 45, said he plans to complete his current term and then work on his gubernatorial campaign.

“For the past eight years, you have given me the privilege of serving as your attorney general,” Biden wrote, adding that he believes his work, along with that of his staff, has made Delaware a better place to live and raise a family.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished,” he wrote.
“As your attorney general I have done my best to remain true to the core values I believe define public service – honesty, integrity, and doing right by the people I serve.

“Part of doing right by you is being straight with you about my future plans,” he wrote.

“Over the past few months, as I’ve been planning to run for reelection, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for governor in 2016. What started as a thought -- a very persistent thought -- has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue.
“After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as attorney general while at the same time running as a candidate for governor.

“Therefore, I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection as your attorney general this November,” Biden wrote.
The job as attorney general is a four-year commitment with significant responsibilities, too significant to not give them his full attention, Biden said, adding he also did not feel it should be used as a staging ground for other elected office.
“In the meantime, there’s a lot more work to do over the next eight months, and I intend to get it done. After my term is completed, I look forward to meeting with Delawareans and continuing to discuss my plans as a candidate for governor.
“Please know that the opportunity to serve you in this office is and always has been a tremendous honor.
“Thank you for the faith you’ve placed in me,” Biden wrote.

Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, first was elected attorney general in 2006, and won re-election in 2010. He also serves as a major in the Delaware National Guard, and was deployed in 2008 to Iraq as a staff judge advocate.

Biden’s letter did not address recent health concerns, which included hospitalizations in 2010 and 2013.