American Samoa Gubernatorial Election, 2012
2012 American Samoa gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012, for the open gubernatorial seat of American Samoa. The election coincides with the larger United States presidential elections, United States general elections and the American Samoa general election. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote on November 6, a runoff election was held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, which was won by Independent candidate Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga.
Six candidates sought election as the next
Governor of American Samoa in 2012. Governor  Togiola Tulafono was term-limited and could not seek a third consecutive term. 
Election background [ edit ]
Outgoing Gov. Tulafono is term-limited.
Governor Togiola Tulafono, who has held office since 2003, is term-limited and could not seek re-election. Tulafono, who took office after the death of former Governor Tauese Sunia, was elected to his first four-year term in 2004 and re-elected in the  2008 gubernatorial election. 
All elections and candidates in American Samoa are
nonpartisan, though Faoa Aitofele Sunia is affiliated with the Democratic Party. Slightly less than 17,000 American Samoans were eligible to vote in the 2012 election. 
Gubernatorial candidates [ edit ]
Six candidates ran for the office of Governor of American Samoa.
Salu Hunkin-Finau, educator and former President of the American Samoa Community College. Only female candidate for Governor.
 Timothy Jones, engineer
Running mate: Tuika Tuika, government official and candidate for Governor in 2008.  
Afoa Moega Lutu, High Chief of Utulei, former Attorney General, and candidate for Governor in 2008, affiliated with the Republican Party.
Running mate: Le'i Sonny Thompson, Director of the Department of Administrative Services. 
Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga, President of the Development Bank of American Samoa.
Faoa Aitofele Sunia, Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa since 2003, affiliated with the Democratic Party.
Running mate: Taufete'e John Faumuina, Jr., former Director of Economic Development.  
Save Liuato Afa Tuitele, former Judge of the High Court of American Samoa.
Running mate: Tofoitaufa Sandra King-Young, founder and CEO of the Pacific Islands Center for Educational Development.  
Withdrew [ edit ]
Controversy [ edit ]
The gubernatorial ticket of Save Liuato Tuitele and Sandra King Young filed a petition in September 2012 against four other campaigns questioning their eligibility to run in the election.
Tuitele and Young argued that the other four candidates had not resigned from their government jobs before beginning their political campaigns, as required by law.  The four candidates challenged by the Tuitele campaign were gubernatorial candidates  Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga and Salu Hunkin-Finau, as well as Lt. Governor candidates Taufete'e Faumuina Jr. and Le'i Sonny Thompson. 
The case was heard by the
High Court of American Samoa, which turned down the petition allowing all candidates to remain in the election.  
Endorsements [ edit ]
Outgoing Governor Togiola Tulafono endorsed his Lieutenant Governor,
Faoa Aitofele Sunia, for Governor in the six-way election. 
Election results [ edit ]
Election results, Governor of American Samoa, November 6, 2012
Independent Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga
Democratic Faoa Aitofele Sunia
Republican Afoa Moega Lutu
Independent Salu Hunkin-Finau
Independent Save Liuato Tuitele
Independent Timothy Jones
Due to no candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote a runoff election was held.
Runoff election results, Governor of American Samoa, November 20, 2012
Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga
Democratic Faoa Aitofele Sunia
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