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Woman in race for American Samoa governor


PAGO PAGO, American Samoa >> The sister of American Samoa’s nonvoting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives is so far the only woman running for governor of the U.S. territory.

Delegate Eni Faleomavaega’s sister Salu Hunkin-Finau announced her candidacy over the weekend. The last time a woman ran for governor of American Samoa was in 2000. 

She is running against Lt. Gov. Faoa Aitofele Sunia, American Samoa Development Bank President Lolo Moliga, retired High Court Judge Save Tuitele, businessman Tim Jones and former territorial Attorney General Afoa Moega Lutu.   

Hunkin-Finau is former president of the American Samoa Community College. She has a doctorate in education from the University of Hawaii and graduated from Kahuku High School on Oahu’s North Shore.

Gov. Togiola Tulafono is barred from seeking a third consecutive four-year term in office.

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