‘Breaking Bad’ actor makes bid for New Mexico office

21 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Agent Gomez, Reporting for Duty: Breaking Bad Star Announces He’s Running for Office.

Actor Steven Michael Quezada, who appeared in all five seasons of the award-winning AMC drama opposite Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Dean Norris, is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 52-year-old aspiring politician told The Associated Press Monday that he will make a formal announcement on Tuesday that he’s seeking the Bernalillo County Commission seat. Quezada already has some political credentials under his belt – he is currently a member of the Albuquerque school board – and he says he hopes to bring a “new face” to the Democratic Party. “We need to reach out to our young people – the young Chicanos, the young Latinos – and get them involved in this process and let them know this is important,” he said. The master plan for a nearly 22-square-mile development known as Santolina would rival some of the state’s largest cities once completed in 50 years, and it comes during a period of heightened concerns over water following years of severe drought.

Quezada is getting active in New Mexico Democratic Party politics just as the party is licking its wounds from a historic defeat in 2014 with the re-election of Republican Gov. Javier Benavidez, executive director of the SouthWest Organizing Project, a group that opposed Santolina, said he was happy that Quezada and others were jumping in the commissioners’ race. ‘We are seeing the consequences of irresponsible development,’ Benavidez said. ‘We need leaders who are going to commit to responsible growth and not just recruit new Walmarts and chain restaurants.’ His big break came in 2008 when producer and writer Vince Gilligan, of X-Files fame, cast him in the series Breaking Bad, which follows the travails of Albuquerque high school chemistry teacher Walter White who turns to methamphetamine manufacturing after being diagnosed with cancer.

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