Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported that a former municipal assembly member supported by the LDP and the Komeito party prevailed over a rival fielded by political forces close to Governor Tamaki in the Uruma mayoral race on Sunday. The LDP local chapter and the Suga administration were buoyed by the result as it followed a victory by the candidate they backed in the Urasoe mayoral election in February. They are reportedly becoming increasingly confident about their prospects for unseating the governor in the election scheduled for September 2022. As four additional mayoral races are scheduled next year in the island prefecture ahead of the gubernatorial election, the papers said Tamaki and his supporters will need to swiftly revamp his reelection campaign strategy. According to Okinawa Times, the U.S. military and bases were not a major issue in the election.