Several candidates running for the House of Representatives on November 3rd have served in the Fono before.
They include Lavea Fatulegae’e Palepoi Mauga in Vaifanua (Alao, Aoa, Onenoa, Tula & Vatia), Fa’alae Tunupopo and Fialupe Felila Fiaui Lutu in Sua #2 (Sailele, Masausi, Masefau & Afono), Ifopo Maugaoalii Sipa Anoai in Maoputasi #2 (Fagatogo), Ve’evalu Meauta Lauoi Mageo in Mauputasi #3 (Pago Pago), Sala Sataua Dr. Mataese Samuelu, now serving as Director of Agriculture in Ituau (Nu’uuli, Fagasa, Matu’u, Faganeanea), Puletuimalo Dick Koko in Fofo (Leone & Auma) and Vui Florence Saulo in Tuala-uta (Tafuna, Mesepa, Faleniu, Mapusaga, Pavaiai, Iliili & Vaitogi).
Another former faipule who will be in the House race for Ma’uputasi #1 (Fatumafuti,. Fagaalu & Utulei) is Tuika Tuika, who has been a candidate for governor and US Congress in previous elections.
All of the incumbents are seeking re-election.
First time candidates include present and former ASG employees, military retirees, and professionals in the private sector.
They include former CEO of ASTCA, Alex Sene Jr, who is running for one of the two seats in Tuala-uta, Fagaitua High School Principal Suaese Taase in Vaifanua, KVZK-TV newsman Andrew Thompson in Ituau, Faleomavaega Nicholas King in Alataua (Asili, Amaluia, Afao, Atauloma, Nua & Seetaga, Agugulu, Failolo, Amanave, Poloa, Fagalii & Fagamalo), Saili Samoa, the sister of Fofo Rep Andra Samoa is running in Tuala-uta, Rachel Manning Key for Tuala-tai (Futiga, Malaeloa, Taputimu & Vailoa-tai) and Wayne Malaetasi Ames in Ma’uputasi #2.
The eight women running for the House are incumbent Andra Samoa, Vaasa Simanu in Saole (Amouli, Utumea, Alofau & Aunuu), Fialupe Lutu in Sua #1, Tina Faisiota Vivao Ioane in Ma’uputasi #4, (Satala, Atuu & Leloaloa), Bartley Papali’i Su’a Lucia, Saili Samoa and Vui Florence Saulo in Tuala-uta, and Rachel Manning Key for Tuala-tai.