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Leftist Mayoral Candidate Against Tough Opponent

Date Posted: 2000-08-11

Naha mayoral elections are scheduled for November. As the official campaign period approaches, the prospective candidates and their supporters are gearing up the campaign.

Current mayor Kosei Oyadomari has announced his retirement from the politics, leaving the mayor’s post open as his fourth term expires. Oyadomari who has been backed by reformist and leftist groups has endorsed Michiko Horikawa, 59, who currently is a director at Naha City Health and Welfare Section. She has yet to publicly agree to the candidacy, but is widely expected to do so in the near future.

Her most likely opponent will be Takeshi Onaga, a former Okinawa Prefecture Assemblyman who has the backing of Okinawa Liberal Democratic Party. According to local pundits, Onaga, and the Liberal Democratic Party, has a very good chance of capturing the mayor’s seat, as Onaga is a well-known, seasoned politician who has a strong organization backing him, whereas Horikawa has no political experience and would be running for an elected office for the first time.

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