AMERICAN SAMOA'S FALEOMAVAEGA WILL SEEK RE-ELECTION

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (June 14, 1998 - Samoa News)---Congressman Eni Faleomavaega will seek re-election as American Samoa's Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives during the November general election.

"For the record, yes, I am definitely planning to run again this November for Congress," replied Faleomavaega in a telephone interview from his office in the nation's capitol, the daily Samoa News reported on Friday.

"My decision to run is a result of consultations with my family, relatives and friends," he added. "I feel very fortunate and honored to be given this opportunity to represent our Samoan people here in Washington."

Faleomavaega is the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Works. He also is a member of Subcommittees on Asian and Pacific Affairs plus the International Operations and Humans Rights.

The Congressman, who has represented American Samoa in Congress since 1989, is also a member on the House Committee on Resources and the House Committee on International Relations.

During the election of 1996, Faleomavaega defeated former faipule Gus Hannemann and Republican member Amata Coleman in the race.

Hannemann declined to comment when asked recently if he will run again this year. But sources close to the long-time Hawaii resident told Samoa News that the congressional race "is a consideration" and declined further comment.

Hannemann was hired last October by Speaker Mailo Sao Nua as the House of Representative Liaison Officer.

Stories from the SAMOA NEWS, American Samoa's daily newspaper, may not be republished without permission. To contact the publisher, send e-mail to samoanews@samoatelco.com

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