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Ben Anderson-Agimuk, age 25, was selected to chair House District 38's local Democratic Party on Tuesday.
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On Thursday, Ben Anderson-Agimuk resigned from his position as a House District 38 legislative aide in order to dedicate more time to filling former Representative Zach Fansler's seat.


Ben Anderson-Agimuk speaks at the Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention in October 2017. On Tuesday, House District 38 Democrats selected Anderson-Agimuk to be their party's chair.
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On Tuesday night, House District 38 Democrats took their first step toward replacing Representative Zach Fansler, who resigned last week amidst assault allegations.


Rep. Zach Fansler is accused of assaulting a woman when she rejected his sexual advances, though she denies the allegations.
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A week after his own coalition demanded his resignation, House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler stepped down on Friday morning. The freshman Democrat from Bethel is accused of assaulting a woman when she rejected his sexual advances, though he denies the allegations.


Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, addresses the Capitol Press Corps in March 2017. Fansler submitted a letter of resignation to the House Legislature on February 2, 2018, six days after the Juneau Empire published allegations of him assaulting a woman in his h
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House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler's resignation becomes effective February 12.

District 38 Representative Zach Fansler speaking with Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak at the December 12, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting. Fansler is accused of hitting a woman when she tried to leaveh is hotel room.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Representative Zach Fansler refuses to resign from the House, but his constituents are already planning to replace him.


Native language experts are urging the state to declare a "linguistic emergency," and work with tribes to open a discussion about the endangerment of indigenous languages.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Native language experts are urging the state to declare a "linguistic emergency," and work with tribes to open a discussion about the endangerment of indigenous languages. In a report to both the legislature and Governor Walker, the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council warned that most of the 20 indigenous languages recognized by the state are expected to go extinct by the end of the century.

Rep. Zach Fansler is accused of drunkenly assaulting a woman in his hotel room.
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Bethel State Representative Zach Fansler did not appear to go to work on Monday. When he didn't attend the House floor session this morning, KTOO reporter Andrew Kitchenman stopped by the representative's Juneau office to see if he was there. The door was locked and the light was on inside, but no one answered when Kitchenman knocked. Over the past 48 hours, Fansler has been accused of assaulting a women in his hotel room, and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon is demanding that he resign.

  

Representative Zach Fansler meets with District 38 constituents at an open house meeting at the Kuskokwim University Campus on February 11, 2017. Fansler is accused of drunkenly assaulting a woman earlier this month.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Following assault allegations, Alaska House Majority Coalition Leader Bryce Edgmon is calling for Rep. Zach Fansler’s resignation. But Fansler isn’t planning to step down.

Rep. Zach Fansler is accused of assaulting a woman earlier this month when she denied his sexual advances.
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Law enforcement is investigating State Representative Zach Fansler for assaulting a woman earlier this month. The Juneau Empire reports that Rep. Fansler slapped the woman in the face repeatedly, rupturing her eardrum, when she denied his sexual advances. He then tried to keep her from leaving his hotel room.


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Alaska Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon, is asking House District 38 Rep. Zach Fansler to resign following accusations of assault.

The Juneau Empire reports that the Alaska Department of Law and local police are investigating allegations of Fansler hitting a woman twice in the face with an open palm and rupturing her eardrum after she tried to escape his sexual advances in a hotel room. The victim says that the attack followed a night out drinking in Juneau bars on January 13. Fansler’s lawyer, Wallace Tetlow of Anchorage, told the paper that Fansler denies the allegation.

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