‘Santa’ elected to North Pole City Coun­cil

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JUNEAU — A man with a soft white beard who prides him­self on be­ing an ad­vo­cate for young chil­dren has been elected as a city coun­cil­man in North Pole, Alaska.

The rosy-cheeked 68-year-old can­di­date, who hap­pens to be named Santa Claus, won a three-year term in the com­mu­nity of about 2,200 res­i­dents south­east of Fair­banks, ac­cord­ing to elec­tion re­sults re­leased on Tues­day.

“My thanks to ev­ery­one who voted for me ... and all who sup­ported my cam­paign,” Claus wrote on Face­book. “I’ll do my best for all!”

Claus, who le­gally changed his name from Thomas Pa­trick O’con­nor about a decade ago while liv­ing in Ne­vada, said he has been an ad­vo­cate for leg­is­la­tion and ser­vices that ben­e­fit at-risk chil­dren.

He could be seen in re­cent days wear­ing his trade­mark red vel­vet out­fit and hold­ing a cam­paign sign in North Pole, the name­sake of the home of the leg­endary Christ­mas gift-giver. — Reuters

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