GALLUP, N.M. (AP) – Two former New Mexico county commissioners have been nominated to fill the seat of state Sen. John Pinto, who died last month at the age of 94.
The Farmington Daily Times reported Monday that the San Juan County Commission nominated its former commissioner Wallace Charley.
McKinley County commissioners nominated their former commissioner Carol Bowman-Muskett.
Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will choose one of the nominees or appoint someone else from the northwestern New Mexico district.
Pinto’s term was set to expire next year, so the person appointed would have to run in 2020 election.
Pinto, a Democrat and a Navajo Code Talker in World War II, was the longest-serving state senator in New Mexico history.