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Santa Claus wins reelection to North Pole City Council

Thomas R. McGhee8534.69%
Santa Claus10241.63%

Santa Claus, on the ballot in North Pole, Alaska, has won election to the City Council. Claus is a nonpartisan who trends liberal, while the second-runner-up, Thomas McGhee, is a Republican.

Since North Pole takes the top two winners in the race, McGhee has also won. Both have served on the city council before.

The vote was 102-85, with Carly Nelson picking up 55 votes, and three write ins.

North Pole is a conservative stronghold in Alaska and is the most Republican-leaning district in the North Star Borough.

In 2008, the North Pole area, gave John McCain 78.4 percent to Barack Obama’s 19.5 percent for president, and in 2010, Republican Sean Parnell beat Democrat Ethan Berkowitz by a nearly identical margin.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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