8 Aug 2012

Third woman candidate in American Samoa for US Congress seat

2:29 pm on 8 August 2012

A third woman has announced her candidacy for the race for the US congressional seat for American Samoa.

She is 53-year-old Fatumalala Leulualiali'i Atualevao Al-Shehri of Nua and Seetaga.

Fatu lived in Saudi Arabia for close to 30 years as that is where her husband is from.

She admitted that she initially set her sights on running for governor and began walking villages to garner support.

But Fatu says she had difficulty finding a lieutenant governor candidate and the people who supported her did not qualify to run.

She says she is driven to run for Congress because of a vision from God.

Fatu said she stands for an increase in minimum wages, transparency and accountability in government.

Fatu believes Swains island should be granted the right to vote in the American Samoa legislature.