4 Jun 2014

Togiola enters American Samoa Congressional race

8:34 am on 4 June 2014

A former governor of American Samoa has announced his candidacy for the Congressional election.

Togiola Tulafono had first served as lieutenant governor from 1997 til 2003 when he became governor and held the post until his last term in office in 2012.

The 67-year old now joins three other candidates who have already officially announced their candidacies and hope to unseat incumbent, Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, in the November 4th general election.

The other candidates are retired US government employee Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman, Tua'au Kereti Mata'utia Junior and Rosie Fuala'au Tago Lancaster.

An attorney by profession, Togiola says he decided to run for the territory's seat because he feels there is a need for a different look at the role of the Delegate to Congress as it relates to working with leaders in American Samoa.