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Dunleavy replaces resigning state human rights commission members

JUNEAU — Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to immediately replace two members of the state human rights commission who announced plans to resign.

Alaska Human Rights Commission members Marcus Sanders, left, David Barton, middle, and chairman Brandon Nakasato are shown at the conclusion of a commission meeting Monday, April 1, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. The commission went into executive session for nearly three hours but recessed when it could not come to a conclusion on the fate of Marti Buscaglia, its executive director after Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy requested an investigation following her social media complaint about a pickup parked in the commission's lot that had a ’Black Rifles Matter ’ sticker. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Commission chairman Brandon Nakasato and vice-chair Freddie Olin IV announced plans to resign May 1.

Nakasato said his decision was related to the uproar involving the commission's executive director, Marti Buscaglia, who last month complained on social media about a "Black Rifles Matter" sticker she saw on a truck in the building's parking lot and believed to be racist. Buscaglia was suspended for 15 days, starting Monday, and said she'd resign when the suspension is over.

Olin said he was resigning for unrelated personal reasons.

Dunleavy appointed Cynthia Erickson and A. Debbie Fullenwider to the seats. His office said the appointments were effective Wednesday. Both are subject to legislative approval.