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Actor To Run For APS Board

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Update: Cynthia Chavers has withdrawn from the Albuquerque Public Schools District 5 seat. That means actor Steven Michael Quezada is unopposed.

 

 

The final season of “Breaking Bad” is now being filmed, and at least one of the actors is making plans for life after the award-winning show.

Steven Michael Quezada, who plays U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Steven “Gomie” Gomez on the AMC series, has filed to run for the Albuquerque school board.

Four of the seven APS school board seats are up for grabs in the Feb. 5 board election, and Quezada was one of more than a dozen candidates who filed. The board is guaranteed to have at least one new face in the spring due to redistricting.

Quezada is running in board District 5, which was created during APS’ recent redistricting process and covers a section of the West Side near West Mesa High. There is no incumbent in the district, and the other candidate is Cynthia Chavers, who could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.

Quezada is an Albuquerque native who grew up on the West Side and attended West Mesa High School.

He is also a father of four children, three of whom attend the Public Academy for Performing Arts, a charter school authorized by Albuquerque Public Schools. Quezada has been active in that charter school’s governance and said he believes arts in schools are important.

“From experience, I know young people thrive in environments where academics and artistic creativity are paired,” he said in a news release.

In addition to District 5, voters will choose board members from District 3 in the North Valley, District 6 in the East Mountains and mid-Heights, and District 7 in the Northeast Heights.

Among the candidates are all four incumbents:

⋄  Due to redistricting, incumbents Paula Maes and David Robbins now both live in District 6 and will be running against each other. Other District 6 candidates are Angela Gonzales Carver, Don Duran, Kyle Lee and Teil Plont.

⋄  In District 3, incumbent Lorenzo Garcia will face Candido Arturo Archuleta Jr., Marie Julienne and Leah Persons.

⋄  In District 7, incumbent David Peercy will face Larry Langley and Bill Tallman.

The board election also will include a bond and mill levy question, which will ask voters to keep property taxes at their current level, to pay for $368 million in capital improvements and construction.

At the same time, voters will choose members of the Central New Mexico Community College governing board. Running in District 1 are Dan Serrano, Marjorie Germain, Pauline Garcia and Ramona Martinez. Contenders in District 2 are Ernest Sturdenvant, Carolyne DeVore-Parks and Robert Matteucci. The remaining three races are uncontested, with Deborah Moore running in District 3, Blair Kaufman in District 5, and Michael DeWitte in District 7.
— This article appeared on page A1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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