Leulua'ialii seeks to follow uncle's footsteps
The dream to follow in the footprints of his late uncle, former Speaker of the House, Leota Utuau Ale, is driving Leulua'iali'i Joseph Fonoti Brown to contest the Anoamaa No. 2 constituency.
The former St. Joseph's College student is running under the flag of the new Samoa First Political Party (S.F.P.P.)
"I want to step on and follow his footsteps. A lot of promises have not been fulfilled to him and this is why I bowed down in front of my extended family to let me go into this election, while I am still alive," said the 58-year-old.
Leota died on 27 April 2016. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1970 to 1996 and served as Speaker from 1976 to 1979.
Leulua'ialii said should he win in this election, he is willing to donate half of his salary into the constituency's pockets.
"I don't want the voters to think I am greedy and selfish in terms of finance, and I want to address that without the voters I cannot sit on that chair of my constituency in Parliament,” he said.
“That is why whatever they ask, I will pronounce and proclaim in front of the Speaker of the Parliament.”
Leulua'ialii also aims to boost the level of education in his constituency.
He has offered to pay 50 per cent of tuition fees of students from the lower economic strata of his constituency.
"This is because when I die, these students are able to stand on their own feet, and become professional candidates for the future," said Leulua'ialii.
Leulua'ialii said he is also willing to provide for the basic health needs of Sagaga No. 2 families with an elderly, from his pocket.
Leulua'iali'i was a teacher by profession.
He taught at the Faatuatua Christian College School.
He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce majoring in Business Management in Fiji.
Leaulua'ialii served in the Government in the Treasury for a few years before moving to the Development Bank of Samoa where he worked for 20 years before moving into the teaching profession.