“I think I bring a new face to the Democratic Party,” said Quezada, who is seeking the seat in Bernalillo County. “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.”
Quezada played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the AMC series, which was set and filmed in Albuquerque. He currently sits on the Albuquerque school board, and is expected to face at least three challengers for the open seat in 2016.
The actor and comedian is running on a platform for more Mexican-American politicians and against urban sprawl. Bernalillo County is currently in the midst of controversy regarding development and water scarcity.
In addition to “Breaking Bad,” the Albuquerque native has also appeared in the films “First Snow,” “Beerfest” and “Kites.”
Quezada is expected to formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday.