Leaders of the coalition in charge of the Alaska House call on one of their members — Democratic Rep. Dean Westlake — to resign Friday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Juneau, AK (KINY)-Leaders of the coalition in charge of the Alaska House called on one of their members — Democratic Rep. Dean Westlake — to resign Friday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.

The chairwoman of the state Democratic party, Casey Steinau, also said Westlake should immediately step down.

On Thursday, Westlake said he apologized if an encounter with him had "made anyone uncomfortable."

His statement came after a former legislative aide, Olivia Garrett, made public her complaints of inappropriate behavior by Westlake.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Friday that six other female aides said Westlake acted inappropriately toward them or made them feel uncomfortable. The paper said those women asked to not be identified.

Garrett, who did not work in Westlake's office, said Friday that she recently filed a human resources complaint against Westlake and that it was being investigated.

The formal complaint came after Garrett complained about Westlake in a letter last March addressed to House Speaker Bryce Edgmon and House Majority Leader Chris Tuck.

The House leadership, in a statement released by Edgmon, said the decision to call for Westlake's resignation was difficult but necessary.

 

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