Republican Party of American Samoa

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Republican Party of American Samoa
ChairpersonUtu Abe Malae
Vice ChairmanJohn Raynar
National CommitteewomanAmata Coleman Radewagen
National CommitteemanSu'a Carl Schuster
TreasurerTina Ione
Founded1985[1]
HeadquartersP.O. Box 3564, Pago Pago, AS 96799
IdeologyConservatism
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
Political positionCenter-right
National affiliationRepublican Party
Colors     Red

Republican Party of American Samoa is the affiliate of the U.S. Republican Party in American Samoa. It is based in the territorial capital of Pago Pago.[2]

The party was founded by Peter Tali Coleman.[3] Coleman was in 1956 the first Samoan to be appointed Governor. He became the first popularly elected Governor in 1977 and won re-election in 1980 and 1988. In 1988, he replaced Governor Fofō Iosefa Fiti Sunia, who had resigned after being convicted of defrauding the U.S. Government.[4]

Coleman’s daughter, Aumua Amata Radewagen, is a current Congresswoman and also the party’s National Committee Woman.[5] She received the unanimous endorsement from the party in 2018 in order to run for Congress. She is the first American Samoan female member in the U.S. House of Representatives.[6][7] She is also the first Republican representative in Congress from American Samoa. In 2018, she won reelection with 83.3 percent of the vote,[8] the highest number of votes in American Samoa history.[9][10] She has represented the party in the Republican National Committee (RNC) since 1986.

In the 2012 Republican primary, Mitt Romney won all nine delegates from American Samoa.[11] In the 2016 American Samoa Republican caucuses, Donald Trump won all nine delegates.[12] In 2008, all delegates were won by John McCain.[13]

Current Leadership[edit]

In March 2016, the party elected new leadership in the lead up to the 2016 American Samoa Republican Caucus.[14]

Party Leader Position
Utu Abe Malae Chairman
John Raynar Vice-Chairman
Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen National Committeewoman
Su'a Carl Schuster National Committeeman
Sailitafa Samoa Secretary
Tina Ione Treasurer

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History[edit]

In the 2014 elections, Radewagen was elected as American Samoa's Delegate to Congress.[15] After having served fourteen consecutive terms in Washington, DC, Democrat Eni Faleomavaega lost his reelection bid to Republican Aumua Amata during the 2014 American Samoan general election.[16] She won reelection in 2016 with 75.4%,[17] and won reelection with 83.3% of the votes in a three-way race in 2018.[18]

In 2015, the party criticized the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as Tulsi Gabbard did not get the opportunity to participate in televised debates. Gabbard, a Democrat, represents Hawai’i in the U.S. Congress but was born in American Samoa. The Republican Party of American Samoa also planned to invite Gabbard to their next Republican primary debate.[19]

Notable people[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pacific Publications (1988). Pacific Islands Monthly, Volume 59. Page 7.
  2. ^ Kurian, George Thomas and Jeffrey D. Schultz (1999). Political Market Place USA. Greenwood Publishing Group. Page 18. ISBN 9781573562263.
  3. ^ Pace, Eric (1997-05-01). "Peter Coleman, 77, Governor of American Samoa". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  4. ^ "Republican is Elected Governor of Samoa” (Nov. 12, 1988). New York Times. Page 8.
  5. ^ https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/299804/american-samoa-republicans-endorse-delegates
  6. ^ http://www.samoanews.com/local-news/american-samoas-aumua-amata-endorsed-election
  7. ^ http://www.samoanews.com/local-news/republican-party-american-samoa-holds-annual-coleman-eisenhower-dinner
  8. ^ Lansford, Tom (2019). Political Handbook of the World 2018-2019. CQ Press. Page 1730. ISBN 9781544327112.
  9. ^ https://friendsofamata.com/about/
  10. ^ https://www.hawaii.edu/pbcp/node/41
  11. ^ Malcolm, A. (2012, Mar 14). "While you were sleeping, Romney rebounds to win Hawaii and American Samoa". Investor's Business Daily.
  12. ^ https://www.cnn.com/2016/05/09/politics/trump-gop-delegates-unbound/index.html
  13. ^ https://time.com/4303264/donald-trump-ted-cruz-convention-unbound/
  14. ^ a b "Local Republican Party names new officers and endorses Amata". Samoa News. 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  15. ^ "Biography". US Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  16. ^ https://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/223113-american-samoa-delegate-loses-seat
  17. ^ https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/317793/aumua-amata-wins-big-in-american-samoa
  18. ^ Lansford, Tom (2019). Political Handbook of the World 2018-2019. CQ Press. Page 1730. ISBN 9781544327112.
  19. ^ https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/american-samoa-gop-blasts-dems-for-excluding-gabbard-from-debate/

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