Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased with the turnout to her re-election campaign kick off on Saturday…a BBQ at Suiga ula o le Atuvasa.
The beach was packed with people of all ages.
The Friends of Amata Committee served 600 plates and 150 matai sized platters of not just ordinary campaign grub but steak, kalua pig, and chicken with all the trimmings.
A press release from the Aumua camp says Chef Gemini Veavea of Leone worked through the night preparing the food which was then cooked “right before our eyes” at Su’iga’ula Park in Utulei.
The congresswoman’s campaign motto “E tautala Galuega,” or “Work speaks, ” summarizes the solutions-oriented work American Samoa constituents have come to associate with Aumua Amata’s first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, said the statement.
Pago Pago village where Amata is from was well represented at the gathering with the presence of the Mauputasi Mauga Tasi Asuega and Mrs Mauga, Sen. Tuaolo Fruean, Afioga Asuega Faamamata and several other village leaders.
Manu’a District Governor Misaalefua Hudson was also there.
The press release said the crowd had people from all walks of life… traditional leaders, youth, senior citizens, business community members, friends, family and supporters of Amata’s predecessor, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, “all of whom shared a common bond of enthusiasm energized by the Congresswoman’s grassroots activism reinforced with accountability and transparency during the first fifteen months of her first term ever.”
Four large tents accommodated attendees, nevertheless people spilled over into the Samoan fales dotting the Su’iga’ula Park.
“The atmosphere was one of joy and optimism and people enthusiastically donned tee shirts and took bumper stickers after signing in at the registration table,” said Amata.
The first term congresswoman spoke briefly thanking the people of American Samoa for their prayers and support.
She said, “With the help of God, your love and prayers, and the strong support of Congress, in only fifteen short months, we have been showered with many blessings. I humbly ask for your vote in November so we can keep our Congressional connection strong.”