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Tomon wins reelection in tight Okinawa City race

Date Posted: 2010-04-29

Mitsuko Tomon campaigned hard, going after the women’s vote as well as for her Communist and Socialist Party supporters, winning the Okinawa City mayoral election by a slim 1,467 vote margin.

The 67-year-old incumbent mayor outdistanced challenger Mitsuru Kyan in Sunday’s election, which brought out 51.03% of the Okinawa City voters. Tomon picked up 23,013 votes, while the 62-year-old Kyan, former chairman of the Okinawa Prefecture Dental Association, tallied 21,546 votes. Shinkichi Esu, a former Okinawa City Assemblyman running for the mayor’s seat finished a distant third, with only 4,459 votes.

“I will work my best with citizens until the end of my term,” Tomon promised following the election. She talked about the controversial Awase Tidelands Development Project, promising “I will discuss with Assembly members and citizens, and other parties, before presenting our ideas to the central government.” She built her campaign around family issues, including obtaining free hospital and clinic care for youngsters.

Kyan, who ran as an independent but with backing from the Komeito Party and the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, pressed for reductions in school lunch prices and fees for students age 15 and under. He went nose-to-nose with Tomon on pledges of fighting for reduced or free medical services for kids and families.

Okinawa’s next elections are the Prefecture Gubernatorial Election in November.

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