LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts is seeking qualified applicants for two Nebraska legislative seats that became available after the incumbents were elected to other offices.

Ricketts announced plans Thursday to appoint replacements for state Sen. Dan Watermeier, of Syracuse, and Sen. John Murante, of Gretna. Watermeier was elected to the Nebraska Public Service Commission in Tuesday's election, and Murante was elected state treasurer.

Watermeier represents Legislative District 1 in southeast Nebraska, including Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson and portions of Otoe County. Murante represents District 49 in Sarpy County.

Both appointments are for two years. The appointees will serve until January 2021 but will be able to run for re-election.

The governor's office is accepting applications until 4 p.m. on Dec. 7. Questions should be directed to Kathleen Dolezal at 402-471-2256 or Kathleen.dolezal@nebraska.gov.

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