January 14, 2013 5:31pm PT by Aaron Couch
'Breaking Bad' Actor Running for Albuquerque School Board (Video)
His day job on one of the most respected shows on television is ending soon, so naturally Steven Michael Quezada has his sights set on what’s next.
The Breaking Bad actor (DEA agent Steven Gomez) is running unopposed in Albuquerque for school board.
“My concern for education in New Mexico has always been there. I’m one of those kids that struggled through school, and I feel like I fell through the cracks,” he said Monday during an appearance on CNN.
He now has three children in charter schools and said he feels the need to help them and other kids in the state. But he doesn't think Gov. Quezada is a title he'll be seeking any time soon. The actor says his political ambitions are limited to school board and that he will continue to act.
“The good news about New Mexico is we bring a lot of movies, a lot of television series out here, so I’m hoping I continue to work out here in New Mexico along with being part of my community,” he said.
He said that some of his Breaking Bad co-stars have also gotten involved in the Albuquerque community. Bryan Cranston (Walter White) has helped Quezada start programs that train children for work in the film and TV industry.
“They care about what’s happening in New Mexico,” Quezada said of his co-stars, who have shot much of Breaking Bad in the state. “Bryan and the rest of the cast are awesome, great people, and they’ve invested in New Mexico.”
Breaking Bad returns this summer on AMC with the second half of its fifth and final season.