Yes, you read that right; and no, we're not kidding. Santa Claus really is running for office in the North Pole.

Erm, the town of North Pole, that is. In Alaska.

A man whose legal name is Santa Claus -- he has the driver's license to prove it -- is running for one of two seats on the City Council in the tiny suburb of Fairbanks.

The former president of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce began a write-in campaign after no one filed for office during the previous filing period.