York County District Attorney Mark Lawrence is withdrawing his candidacy for re-election to spend more time with his children.

The South Berwick Democrat was running unopposed for the county prosecutor job he has held for seven years after being appointed by Gov. John Baldacci then winning successive elections. He plans to serve the remainder of his term, which expires at the end of the year.

Lawrence said today he decided not to run after his wife was hired by a New Hampshire company, giving the family the financial security to allow him to step down. He plans to find a job in the private sector that will allow him to spend more time with his daughters who are 8 and 6.

Lawrence is a former legislator and served two terms as Senate president. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate and for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The county Democratic committee will hold a nominating caucus to choose someone to run in Lawrence’s place but that has not been scheduled.