AZTEC — Officials are requesting letters of interest and résumés from those looking to fill the seat previously held by the late state Sen. John Pinto.

The Farmington Daily Times reported that San Juan County commissioners want the applications by June 14 so they can recommend a name to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The governor will name the replacement for the northwestern New Mexico district.

Pinto served in the state Senate for more than four decades, making him the state’s longest-serving senator.

The 94-year-old Democrat and Navajo Code Talker died last month.

Pinto’s term was set to expire next year. The person appointed to the role will have to run in the 2020 election if the individual wants to remain in office.