Breaking Bad star Steven Michael Quezada is preparing for a new role - county commissioner of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The actor announced his intent to run by tweeting a link to a YouTube video earlier this week.
The election is a little over a year away, but the actor wanted to start early in order to focus on educational initiatives, like developing a community centre for local children.
Quezada feels he is well suited for the role, saying,
I don't think I'm better than anyone, but I think I can add something. I grew up here. I grew up very poor and this community is important to me.
The actor is indeed passionate about his community, having served as a member of the charter board of education, and he is a current member of the public schools board. He says that the "Albuquerque community knows me more as a community activist" than an actor. Quezada has made "education and choices for kids" his priority.
Quezada is running as a Democrat
and has joined the New Mexico party at a troubled time. The actor hopes to reach out to young voters in an effort to revitalize the party.
While Quezada intends on winning the seat, he also plans on continuing his day job. He acknowledges that he won't have the ability to commit to the same number of projects, but he still plans on acting.
Quezada recently voted against proposed plans for a 22 square mile housing development project. His reasons weren't the ones you'd expect. He objected because the proposal didn't include the schools required to serve the area and was presented at a time when existing schools were already overcrowded.
Quezada is a refreshing change to the usual quality of celebrity who fancies himself a politician, and is in a position where he truly could do something positive for his country.
See Quezada's tweet and video below, and let us know what you think of his chances in the comments.https://twitter.com/StevenMQuezada/status/623519950938861568