Husband and wife contest election
A woman standing for election to the seat of Faasaleleaga II will be joining her husband in running for the April 2021 General Election.
Su’a Vivian Leota-Suatele, of Mulivai Safata, and Salelavalu, officially declared her candidacy with the Tautua Samoa Party on Friday.
She will be contesting the Fa'asaleleaga II seat currently occupied by Gatoloaifa’ana Amataga Alesana-Gidlow.
Her husband who is also a lawyer, Leota Suatele Manusegi, is running for the Safata II electoral constituency flagging the Tautua Samoa Party banner.
According to Su’a her husband’s interest and involvement in politics by contesting in previous elections has prompted her to throw her name in the hat.
“It is God’s calling and I didn’t expect to run in the general election,” said the 61 year old mother.
“I had prayed about it and my village has responded by accepting and supporting my candidacy and I’m thankful for it.”
The couple operates a consultancy firm at the Nia Mall for immigration and Court matters.
Although Su’a lives in Mulivai Safata for most of her time she said it has not stopped her from traveling back and forth to Salelavalu.
The female candidate hopes she can contribute in the development of the village and the constituency by way of constructing better access roads for villagers and improving health and education facilities.
A village matai of Salelavalu, Lega Taulelei assured the Tautua party that the female candidate has the support of the village.
Lega said the villagers will also seek the support of other villages in the constituency to back their candidate.
“But whatever the outcome will be, God will give us the answer,” he added.
President of Tautua Samoa, Afualo Dr. Wood Salele and their executive congratulated Su’a and thanked her for her courage to contest for the election.
He also acknowledged the support from the village.