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Local Republicans go for Romney

Waving Romney posters and wearing Romney stickers and labels, the American Samoa Republican Caucus threw its support for Gov. Mitt Romney who, as expected, captured all nine of American Samoa's delegate votes.

Set by party rules, the Caucus was held for the selection of the American Samoa delegates and alternate delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention and for other purposes. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dr. Victor T. Tofaeono was elected Chairman for a two-year term effective March 13, 2012 and becomes a member of the Republican National Committee. 

High Chief Aumoeualogo T. J. Fuavai, one of the founders of the local party, and Aumua Amata, daughter of the territory’s first elected governor, the late Peter Tali Coleman were elected to four-year terms as National Committeeman and National Committeewoman.

Officers elected to two-year terms are:  Mr. Falema'o M. “Phil”Pili, Vice Chairman; Ms. Sherry Ah Hing, Secretary; Mrs. Bernadette Lafaele, Treasurer.

Brandon Smart serves as Executive Director of the RPAS.     

Chairman Tofaeono, National Committeeman Aumoeualogo and National Committeewoman Aumua are delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention by virtue of their positions.

The following six persons were elected as delegates to the National Convention1. Falema'o M. “Phil” Pili; 2. Su'a Carl Schuster  3. Aofaga Mickey R. Salanoa 4. Brandon Smart 5. Salote Lutu Schuster and 6. Ali Pili.

The following six persons were elected as alternate delegates to the national convention: 1. Bernadette Lafaele 2. Sherry Ah Hing 3. Va’a Tofaeono 4. Natasha Ledoux, 5. J.R. Fa’aola and 6. Johnny Mapu.

As international media has been speculating for the past few days, the delegation cast all of its nine votes for Gov. Mitt Romney for President of the United States.         

Chairman Tofaeono summed it up by saying, “The Republican Party of American Samoa is made up of registered voters in American Samoa who believe in the philosophy and goals of the Republican Party.  We are the Party of the open door.  Ours is the Party of equality of opportunity for all and favoritism for none.  We encourage the broadest possible participation of all voters in the Republican Party activities at all levels and to assure that the Republican Party is open, accessible to all and answerable ultimately to the people in the true American tradition and in keeping with Samoan custom and we maintain the Republican Party as an instrument for the political realization of the concept of individual liberty on which our constitutional government is founded.” 

He concluded, “We're excited and look forward to the national convention to cast our nine delegate votes for Gov. Mitt Romney, the next President of the United States.”

(Based on Media Release)