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Incumbent mayor easy winner in Sunday’s Tomishiro election

Date Posted: 2006-10-19

Houmei Kinjo scored nearly as many votes in his race for reelection as his three challengers combined.

The incumbent mayor of Tomishiro City, a member of Okinawa Governor Keiichi Inamine’s ruling Liberal Democracy Party, had also been supported by the Koumeitou Party. Citizens cast 10,071 votes for him.

Two opposition candidates from the Socialist Party and the Communist Party, couldn’t muster public support to oust the 63-year-old mayor from the post. Socialist Party candidate Masanaga Oshiro picked up 5,951 votes, while Tsugiko Teruya of the Communist Party earned 4,272.

A third opposition candidate, Independent Shinsho Teruya, only found 1,842 voters interested in his leadership skills.

The three opposition party candidates had banked on the fact no mayor had ever won a third term, but saw that myth debunked. Instead, voters listened to Kinjo, as well as Governor Inamine and gubernatorial candidate Hirota Nakaima as they provided rousing endorsements.

The economy was a big issue, and news Tomishiro City had won the grand prize as Japan’s top growth city, added to the Kinjo’s power base.

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