3 Sep 2012

60 candidates vying in 2012 American Samoa House race

7:10 am on 3 September 2012

Some sixty candidates including several women are vying in this year's general election for the 20 elected seats of the American Samoa House of Representatives.

And according to the list of candidates released early this morning, only one incumbent, Faimealelei Anthony Allen of Representative District Number Eleven is running unopposed.

Faimealelei is serving his first two-year term in office.

And veteran lawmaker Agaoleatu Charlie Tautolo, who is retiring from public office at the end of his current term, has five candidates hoping to claim his seat.

Among the candidates is a current sitting senator, Fuata Dr Iatala, whose term as senator ends this year.

House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale is being challenged by only one opponent.

There are about eleven female candidates in the election and among them is former lawmaker Fiasili Haleck, veteran educator college Dr Trudie Iuli Sala and well known business woman, Florence Saulo.

Political observers in the territory say 2012 has the highest number of female candidates in the territorial House race.