Hobson City Mayor Alberta McCrory won re-election to a second term with 59.3 percent of the vote in a runoff with opponent Eric Stringer. McCrory had previously received the most votes of the three candidates who ran in the Aug. 28 general election.
The tally Tuesday was 153 for McCrory, 105 for Stringer.
“This is a win for the people of the town of Hobson City,” McCrory said before spinning around in a small victory dance at Hobson City Town Hall Tuesday evening. “We have worked hard these past few years and have shown what you can do when the community works together.”
In the past four years, McCrory and the Town Council have accomplished several goals, including paying off a $114,000 debt to the Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board and completing the town’s first audit in 20 years.
“I want to thank the people for believing in me, and I give all the praise and honor to God,” McCrory said.
Stringer congratulated McCrory on her win.
“The people of Hobson City have spoken out on the direction they wanted to go in,” Stringer said. “All I can do is respect that.”
McCrory will face several long-standing problems in the town, including the lack of a police force and few local businesses.
The town shut down its Police Department in 2005 due to a lack of funds and has relied for law enforcement on the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office ever since. The Town Council has made efforts to locate funding for a police department or for additional coverage from the Sheriff’s Office, but has so far been unsuccessful.
Hobson City could have more revenue if it could lure more business to town. The only long-standing business is a gas station. Without additional businesses, the town has few sources of tax revenue.
McCrory said her first priority in her second term will be to increase police protection for the town.
“We’ve got to find a way to fund more police in this community,” she said. “That’s what the people are saying and that’s what we need.”
Star staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.