Westlake resigns amid sexual misconduct claims
State Rep. Dean Westlake said Friday that he will be resigning from the Legislature amid allegations of sexual misconduct, days after saying he would not do so despite increasing pressure from his colleagues to step down.
Westlake’s announcement arrived after House Speaker Bryce Edgmon as well as the Alaska Democratic Party called on the Kiana Democrat to leave his seat. In a letter to his constituents, Westlake said he had heard from “colleagues, constituents, and friends” in recent days.
“I have spent time deliberating on their guidance, and it is with a heavy heart that I respond now and announce that I will be resigning as a member of the Alaska State Legislature.”
On Tuesday, Westlake had issued an initial response to allegations from several women that he had had sexually inappropriate interactions with them, canceling a press conference due to medical concerns but saying he intended to remain in the Legislature.
Liz Raines contributed information to this story.
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