The Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) is continuing the tradition of political forums this election year.
It will host two forums to familiarize students and the general public with the candidates running for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and Congressional Delegate of American Samoa.
The Gubernatorial Forum will take place on n Tuesday, October 4th, beginning at 12:30 p.m., followed two days later by the Congressional Forum on Thursday, October 6th at the same time.
Both events will be held in the ASCC Gymnasium.
Upon receiving confirmation of the candidates from the ASG Election Office, the SGA has invited the three Gubernatorial teams : incumbents: Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga; as well as challengers Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Larry S. Sanitoa; and Tuika Tuika and Salanoa Iuni Maeva Saveena to the Gubernatorial Forum.
Likewise, incumbent Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen and challengers Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman, Paepaetele Mapu S. Jamias, Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau and Tim Jones have been invited to participate in the Congressional Forum.
Each forum will last 90 minutes, and will follow a set format.
Candidates will give opening speeches, participate in a question and answer segment, and give closing statements.
SGA members will give introductory remarks and serve as moderators during both forums.
ASCC Dean of Student Services Dr. Emilia Le’i said, “The College encourages all citizens of American Samoa, especially young adults new to the election process, to give each of the candidates an open-minded listen, and then base their choice of who gets their vote on who they feel will best serve the territory as a whole.”
SGA President Ms. Yean Ji Jung said, “Getting to know what the candidates are pushing for, what they hope to achieve for this Territory is really important when deciding who to vote for.”
She hopes that through this opportunity, students will be empowered to vote not for the most popular candidates, but for the ones that they believe will make the difference.