Man named Santa Claus runs for office in North Pole

FAIRBANKS — A man whose legal name is Santa Claus is running for a City Council seat in the Interior Alaska town of North Pole.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Claus has launched a write-in campaign for the office. Claus, whose driver's license bears his legal name of Santa Claus, is the former president of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce.

Two seats on the City Council are up for election. No one filed for office, however, during the regular filing period.

Claus, 68, was named president of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce in 2013, shortly after he moved to North Pole from Nevada.

He was born Thomas Patrick O'Connor in Washington, D.C.