Eliza Anderson, Deseret News

In case you were wondering, Santa Claus is a democratic socialist.

It says so, right there on his website, where he expresses support for Bernie Sanders, Roe v. Wade, natural remedies and compassion. He’s also a longtime union member and a city council member mayor pro tem of the town of North Pole, Alaska.

Claus — that’s his legal name — is part of a diverse field of candidates running in a June 11 special election that will narrow the field of Alaskans who want to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young, who died in March after 49 years in office.

There are 48 candidates in the race, but Claus, 75, certainly stands out on the ballot, where his party affiliation is listed as “undeclared.”

Formerly known as Thomas Patrick O’Connor, Claus legally changed his name in 2005 and was elected to the North Pole City Council in 2015, two years after moving there. In 2020, the Anchorage Daily News called him “a bastion of blue on a City Council as red as Rudolph’s nose.”

The only other candidate with comparable name recognition nationally is former Gov. Sarah Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

I’m happy to announce that I’m a Candidate in the Special Election for the U.S. House of Representatives for Alaska in 2022!
I’m an independent, progressive, democratic socialist, with an affinity for Bernie Sanders, and aim to represent ALL Alaskans :-)} https://t.co/DrYTU63Xp3 pic.twitter.com/r8HplPVC3z

— SANTA CLAUS FOR ALASKA (@SantaClausforAK) April 1, 2022

The current race bears watching, not only because of its interesting field of candidates, but because it’s Alaska’s first under the state’s new system of primary voting in which voters choose one candidate out of the total field, regardless of party affiliation.

The top four vote-getters face another election Aug. 16 that will determine who serves the rest of Young’s term, which ends in January. The system, known as ranked-choice voting, is growing in popularity in states …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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