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Afisivalu announces run for Fairfield council

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From page A3 | April 18, 2014 |

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Ben Afisivalu, the secretary for the Samoan Christian Fellowship church, is running for Fairfield City Council. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — Ben Afisivalu, facility manager at a residential program for at-risk youth, is running for Fairfield City Council in part to connect a new generation with the community.

“It takes young people to reach young people,” said Afisivalu, 29.

He’ll formally announce his candidacy Friday.

“I fell in love with this city,” Afisivalu said of Fairfield, where has lived since 2003.

Tapping into the resources on nonprofits and faith-based groups is among the ways the city should address crime, he said.

Afisivalu said his City Council candidacy does not represent dissatisfaction with the current council.

“I’m not running against anyone,” he said. “I’m running for the seat. I want to serve.”

He said that as a juvenile hall counselor and a former youth pastor for the Samoan Christian Fellowship church, “I have what it takes to move this city forward.”

“Fairfield is a good place,” Afisivalu said. “There’s a lot of potential where you can work together.”

The City Council candidate also worked as a radio announcer and news reporter for KNWJ Radio of America Samoa.

Terms of council members Catherine Moy and John Mraz end in November. The term of Mayor Harry Price also ends in November.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • Suisun1April 18, 2014 - 6:13 am

    Great to see youth wanting to engage at this level in the political process. I hope he gets far! How can we help with your campaign?

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  • BenApril 29, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    Thank you Suisuin..Yes, I will need your help in my campaign to start building a "great tomorrow, we must start today." Your inputs and help will be a very important part of this campaign. Know that we must stand together during these difficult times. You will be part of the solution, together we can claim our city once again and make it safer and better. Please email me @ bensministry@hotmail.com or call at 707-386-8335. Lets empower our youth in a positive way. I believe it takes young people to reach young people. Looking forward to working with you. God bless!

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  • mescApril 18, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    If it takes young people to reach young people then why are our teachers older than the students? Aha! You might have solved all our issues. Or could it be young people need to be taught to listen to their elders and not just ask for their taxpayer dollars? I vote for wisdom and ability. I do not vote based on age.

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