A former governor of American Samoa is planning to run for the territory's nonvoting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.
The announcement from Togiola Talalelei Tulafono comes before incumbent Eni Faleomavaega has said whether he'll seek a 14th consecutive two-year term. Three other candidates are also in the race.
Tulafono became governor in 2003 when then-Gov. Tauese Sunia died and Tulafono moved up from lieutenant governor. He won gubernatorial elections in 2004 and 2008.
The Democrat says his experience in the territorial government shows he can represent American Samoa well before Congress. He says leaders need to refocus how territorial lawmakers and the delegate cooperate with one another in serving American Samoa.
Tulafono is now a lawyer in private practice and chairman of the American Samoa Rugby Union.