AMERICAN SAMOA BUSINESSMAN RUNNING FOR U.S. CONGRESS

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (June 11, 2000 – PIDP/CPIS)---American Samoa businessman and former congressional candidate Seigafolava Robert Pene is the second confirmed candidate running in the November general election for American Samoa's seat in the U.S. Congress.

Incumbent, Congressman Eni Faleomavaega, confirmed his plans early this year. He will seek his seventh consecutive term for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Seigafolava competed against Faleomavaega in the 1998 General Election. Of the 14,526 registered voters that year, Seigafolava received 1,273 (12.6%) while Faleomavaega's total was 8,142 votes (80.6%).

Seigafolava said he has the commitment, knowledge, wisdom and the integrity to run for American Samoa’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives during the November General Election.

"As we venture into the 21st Century, it is important to the people to recognize new talent and to offer them the opportunity to prove themselves," he said.

"In my situation, respectfully and most humbly, I only ask the voters of Tutuila and Manua to give Seigafolava Pene a chance to work on their behalf in Washington, DC," he continued.

He praised Congressman Faleomavaega for his past service to the people of American Samoa.

"However, I just need the opportunity to advance issues and mandates concerning our people in the U.S. Congress," he pointed out.

Seigafolava owns S.R. Pene and Associates, a consulting firm that deals in the areas of taxes, finances and politics. He is the brother of the former Director of the American Samoa Office-Hawai‘i, Mrs. Betty Ah Soon. Mrs. Ah Soon, holds the matai title of Muagututi‘a and she is a member of the Council of Samoan Chiefs and Orators in Honolulu.

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