Breaking Bad star Steven Michael Quezada, best known for playing DEA agent Steven Gomez on the hit AMC show, told the Associated Press on Monday that he is throwing his hat into the ring for a county commissioner position in New Mexico.
The actor, 52, said he intends to run on the Democratic ticket for the Bernalillo County Commission seat. He will make a formal announcement Tuesday.
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 county – which includes Albuquerque – has deep roots with the Mexican American and Latino communities.
Quezada was born in Albuquerque and attended Eastern New Mexico University, where he studied theater arts.
Ahead of his announcement, Quezada made headlines when he signed on to address an anti-crime summit in Albuquerque.
At least three other people are running for the open county commission seat.