Bill Ecret

MOSES LAKE – The City of Moses Lake is seeking a court order to have former councilmember Bill Ecret removed from the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

Ecret resigned from Position No. 1 July 3, citing a move outside the city limits. His relocation means he is no longer eligible to serve on the council. He is also not eligible to run as a candidate in the general election.

Ecret had filed to run for Position No. 4, currently held by Todd Voth, who filed to run for Position No. 1.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday morning for the petition seeking a Writ of Mandamus. If approved by a judge, the petition orders the Grant County Auditor’s Office to declare Ecret disqualified and remove his name from the ballot to correct a “ballot error,” thus creating a void in candidacy since Ecret was the lone candidate to file for Position No. 4, and hold a special three-day filing period for the position.

City Manager John Williams said the city filed the petition to follow the procedural steps to remove Ecret from the ballot.

Williams said he expects the order to be granted Friday. Without the order, Williams said the auditor could leave the ballot as is, but since Ecret can no longer serve on the council, councilmembers would be required to appoint someone to the position.

Court documents filed by the city attorney state not removing Ecret’s name “will deprive the citizens of Moses Lake from exercising their right to vote for their representative on the Moses Lake City Council.”

If the order is approved as expected, the Grant County Auditor’s Office will determine the dates for the special filing period. Any candidate who files during that period will be placed on the general election ballot.

The city council is currently seeking applicants to be appointed to Position No. 1 to serve the remainder of Ecret’s term ending Dec. 31.