4 Sep 2008

Eleven women contesting elections in American Samoa

7:31 pm on 4 September 2008

Eleven females will be on the November 4 ballot in American Samoa - the highest number of women candidates seeking public office in recent memory.

Two of the women - Aumua Amata and Rosie Tago Lancaster - are hoping to unseat incumbent Faleomavaega Eni, who is seeking his 10th consecutive two-year term as American Samoa's non-voting Delegate to the U.S. Congress.

Rosie Lancaster, a military retiree, is a newcomer, but Aumua has tried previously to unseat Faleomavaega.

Nine women are vying for House seats, including two incumbents, Fiasili Puni Haleck and Mary Lauagaia Taufete'e.