Santa Claus vies for votes in Alaska city council race

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Monday, October 5, 2015
Santa Claus waves at the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York.

FAIRBANKS, AK -- You can't beat Santa Claus when it comes to name recognition - especially at the North Pole.

But only time will tell whether Santa Claus can be beaten for a City Council seat in the tiny 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 - has held office before. He's the former head of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce.