Incumbent, challenger focus on goals ahead of Tuesday’s Hobson City mayoral election
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
Oct 06, 2012 | 3015 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voters will get another chance Tuesday to decide who will run Hobson City for the next four years as Mayor Alberta McCrory and her opponent, Eric Stringer, face off in a runoff election. Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

During McCrory’s first term as mayor, the town has accomplished several goals, including paying off approximately $400,000 in debt to the Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board, opening a public library and having the town’s finances audited for the first time in 20 years.

McCrory said she has several new goals to pursue if she’s re-elected.

“The main thing is to work toward getting more of a police presence in Hobson City,” McCrory said.

The town has been unable to afford its own police department since 2005 and currently relies on the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement. McCrory said that although she and the council have looked, there is no state or federal grant money available to help a municipality fund a police department.

McCrory said she also wants to create a housing program to help residents clean up their properties and to remove abandoned homes. She also wants to bring more business to the town.

“But we’ve got to be realistic. We need to look at getting some small retail in here,” McCrory said. “We don’t have the labor for the larger industries and we don’t have places to put them.”

Eric Stringer has helped improve Hobson City during his time as president of the nonprofit Hobson City Community and Economic Development Corporation. When the group formed in 2005, it helped the cash-strapped town pay a large overdue electricity bill at Hobson City Town Hall. In the last few years, the group has worked to beautify the town park and install a new playground there.

Stringer said if elected, he will focus on economic development.

“I will bring all the stakeholders together into a strategic effort to revitalize Hobson City,” Stringer said. “We can’t just fly by the seats of our pants; we have to have a plan.”

Stringer said his success with the Hobson City Community and Economic Development Corporation shows he knows how to collaborate with people to bring about change.

“When you go to the polls, really think about what you’re voting for,” Stringer said. “It’s about who can effectively bring about change in Hobson City.”

Star staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star

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