Tuesday, it may be one of the most watched runoff elections in the Wiregrass. Longtime incumbent enterprise councilman Bill Cooper is facing a stiff challenge from community activist Vernetta Deramus.
William Cooper retired after 43 years as a music teacher with the Enterprise School District. He has served the last 20 years as the city's District One Councilman.
The largest of the city's five districts, which is 65 percent African American, Vernetta Deramus is the widow to civil rights advocate Lawrence Deramus.
Both feel they are best able to represent the concerns of their constituents.
District 1 Incumbent, Councilman William Cooper, says, “We have a lot of abandoned houses and property, and it has moved into the court system to be addressed, we have to wait for that to happen before we can take action.”
Vernetta Deramus, the District One Challenger, says, “It's a disgrace that we have a human and physical blight in District One, not seen elsewhere in the city. There are plenty of overgrown lots."
Tomorrow's voting will take place tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m. at the Enterprise Recreation Center. There are approximately 3,000 voters in the district.