Less than three years after “Breaking Bad” concluded, actor Steven Michael Quezada is breaking into local politics.
Quezada defeated two rival Democrats in the New Mexico primary election for a county commissioner seat in Bernalillo County on Tuesday. The actor, 43, garnered a 36 percent victory over his competitors, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
He will advance to the general election in November, where he will compete against the incumbent, Republican Patricia Paiz.
Currently, Quezada serves on the school board for Albuquerque, the city where the award-winning TV show was set.
The county that Quezada is vying to represent has the highest percentage of Hispanic residents in New Mexico.
“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 said in a campaign announcement last July.
Quezada, who played DEA Agent Steven Gomez on the show, had the support of former co-star Bryan Cranston throughout his campaign.
“He will fight for more education funding, fight to keep this community safe, and fight to bring much needed jobs to the community,” Cranston said in a voter mailer.
Actors Dean Norris, also of “Breaking Bad,” and George Lopez also endorsed Quezada, the New York Daily News reported.
Fans have taken to social media to express their support for the actor, who appeared on all five season of the show. One fan congratulated Quezada in true “Breaking Bad” fashion: “You kicked its ass, yo!”
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