Faga’itua High School hosts first of candidate forums
A ‘Gubernatorial Candidate’s Forum’ was held yesterday afternoon at Faga’itua High School, with an invitation for all five of the teams running for Governor and Lt. Governor of American Samoa. The forum had four of the five teams show yesterday, and it was conducted by the American Samoa Government/Samoan and Social Studies Department of Faga’itua High School. The forum’s theme was, ‘Our Future Is In Your Hands’.
Each Gubernatorial team was allowed four minutes for opening statements. They were then asked questions from Senior students of the American Samoa Government/Samoan and Social Studies Department of Fagaitua, and they had only five minutes to answer each question.
Some of the stated purposes of the forum included the students becoming aware of civic rights and responsibilities and to help students understand the economic, social and political forces that affect the territory.
The four teams who attended the forum included the teams of Afoa Leulumoega Su’esu’e Lutu and Le’i Sonny Thompson; DBAS President Lolo M. Moliga and Senator Lemanu P. Mauga: Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau and CSM Iuniasolua Savusa; and Save Liuato Tuitele and Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young.
Questions for the candidates included — “What would you do to make sure people are accountable for their actions?” “How are you going to decrease the unemployment rate?” and “Do you think that legal permanent residents should become nationals?”
Samoa News had a chance to speak with FHS students at the forum, who all stated that it was exciting that the candidates took time out to come talk with them and tell them about their plans for the future of American Samoa.
“This is exciting. We actually get to ask questions to the future Governor and Lt. Governor to find out what is on their agenda for the betterment of the territory,” said a student.
(Samoa News notes that the opening of the 14th Oceania Customs Conference was held yesterday morning, which is being hosted by American Samoa for the first time. Acting governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia, who is a part of the Faoa and Taufete’e team, delivered opening remarks, which would account for his being unable to attend the Fagaitua High School forum.)