Hobson gets 7th term as coroner

Published 2:25 am Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Six-term Covington County coroner Norman Hobson was one of a very few Alabama Democrats who emerged from Tuesday’s elections with a win.

Hobson, who’s served as coroner for the past 24 years, bested challenger Wilson “Eddie” Rowell by 718 votes.

Hobson and Rowell look at Tuesday’s results on the screen in the courthouse.

This year’s election marked the second time Hobson has faced Rowell. Hobson claimed 6,404 votes (53 percent) to Rowell’s 5,686 (47 percent).

“I plan to serve the county with the same professionalism that I had when I first started 24 years ago,” Hobson said. “Eddie worked very hard and fought the race like a gentleman. My hat is off to him.

“I’m just very humbled by all the support,” he said.

Rowell, who only got 35 percent of the votes cast when he sought the coroner’s office in 2006, said he was pleased to have “narrowed the gap.”