Misa Iuli Anae from Falelatai has taken up the challenge of contesting in the national elections in March.
His aspirations for wanting to run are derived from his passion and “love for the district of Falelatai and Samatau.
As a Chairman and the leader of the village and the church, Misa believes that this is the right time for him to represent his district.
“I believe that this is my time,” he said. “Not only is it my calling from God but from my district as well.
“I have been thinking about running for a long time even when I was a judge but I guess that wasn’t the right time for me.
“So when my village gave me the honour, that’s when I realised that this is the right time from God.
“As a leader of my village I believe that being a Member of Parliament (faipule) will help me in making decisions within the village, church, district and family.”
Misa said he has so much pride in his village and district therefore the idea to develop and help out the village was born.
“I want my district to be moving forward and progressing,” he said. “I’ve always had a heart for helping people and a heart to be good to others ever since.
“And I have so much pride in my village. Hence it is where I draw my desire of wanting to do great things for my people and develop my district.”
He saw that being a Member of Parliament will help him, help the people and he believes that he alone, cannot develop the district.
“Being a Member of Parliament can open doors to opportunities for me and my district.”
Misa said he will have to see what his district needs the most, and he will help them.
“The position of an M.P. should not be taken for granted by people who think this position is for them to get things from, or go there to roam around, or get things from it,” he said.
“The person who takes up this position should think hard about the needs of the people and then try and work on those needs so that the people can benefit.
“He/she should be looking at ways that will benefit the people of his district and community and then take it up to the ruling government so that they can help them.”
And his plans if he wins?
Misa said he will look at what his district needs and then push on those needs. “Actions and works speak louder than words,” he said.
“I don’t have to explain anything because my district knows the person who has been helping them and always supporting them, no matter what. “I am not worried; because las I said before, this decision was made by my village and so therefore I am confident that they will not let me down.”
Misa is married to Nana Anae. They have six children.