COLEMAN DECLARES CANDIDACY FOR AMERICAN SAMOA'S CONGRESSIONAL SEAT IN

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 1, 2000 PIDP/CPIS)—Aumua Amata Coleman, the daughter of the late former governor of American Samoa Peter T. Coleman, is the fourth candidate running for the territory's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Coleman said she is overwhelmed by the support from Samoans following the Republican National Convention. Following the Convention, her supporters circulated a petition on her behalf for the congressional race.

When the registration for candidates for the November 7th General Election closed on September 1st, Coleman had met all the requirements to be a candidate.

Besides Coleman, other candidates for the congressional race for the upcoming election include Congressman Faleomavaega Eni, Gus Hannemann and Seigafolava Pene.

Locally she prefers to be called just "Amata" and she holds the chiefly title, Aumua.

Amata, who serves as the National Committeewoman for the territory's GOP chapter, had the honor of calling the roll during the balloting that secured the Party's nomination for George W. Bush at the GOP's recent national convention.

For the past few years, she has served on the Washington, D.C. staff of Congressman J.C. Watts of Oklahoma.

She first ran for the congressional seat in 1994 and again in 1996. But in 1998 Amata did not qualify for the ballot after Chief Election Officer Soliai T. Fuimaono successfully challenged the signatures on her petition and invalidated enough of them to drop her slightly below the required 300 [signatures], making her ineligible as a candidate.

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