10/15/2015 12:37 EDT | Updated 10/15/2015 12:59 EDT

Santa Claus Elected To Public Office

Santa Claus has been elected as a North Pole city councilman – and we’re not joking!

The 68-year-old candidate, who legally changed his name from Thomas Patrick O'Connor, won a write-in campaign for an open City Council seat. Claus began campaigning two weeks before the October 6 election, taking to the streets in his classic red-and-white suit.

After receiving 58 votes, Claus won a seat on the 6-person council. The Fairbanks community, made up of 2,200 people, was amused by the candidate’s win. “I'm sure glad Santa won,” one person said.

Watch the video above to hear Claus talk about his win.

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