Two more appointees asked by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to resign say they will not do so.

Thomas Contrades of the Land Use Commission and Carlito Caliboso of the Public Utilities Commission told Civil Beat Wednesday that they have decided not to leave their posts.

“I have no intention of resigning,” said Contrades.

Caliboso said he sent a letter late last week “respectfully declining the governor’s request.”

That brings the total number of appointees who have said they’re going to resist the governor to 13, while others say they have yet to make a decision.

Earlier this month, Abercrombie wrote courtesy resignation requests to 28 members of the LUC, the PUC, the Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Public Housing Authority and the Stadium Authority.

All 28 had been appointed by former Gov. Linda Lingle and approved by state Senate Democrats. Abercrombie said he wanted to appoint members who would help implement his New Day plan for Hawaii.

As of Wednesday, Civil Beat had reached 16 of the 28 members.

The Maui News reported Wednesday that only one member thus far — Matilda Yoshioka, who represents Kauai on the public housing authority board — has said she will resign.

At a town hall meeting June 23, Abercrombie defended his decision to request the resignations, reiterating that the request was not a reflection on the service of the 28 members. The governor said he might even reappoint some of them.

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