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You can vote for the real Santa Claus in Md.

This post has been updated

The following sentence appeared in the Capital Gazette over the weekend: “If elected, Claus promises he will be the first chief executive to fasten the presidential seal to the back of a flying reindeer sleigh.”

That would be Santa Claus.

Mr. Claus is an official write-in candidate on 15 state presidential ballots on Nov. 6, including in Maryland. State workers on state time confirmed that Mr. Claus, of Nevada, was real.

“He did come into the office and file the paperwork, but we did check with the courts of Nevada — he had legally changed his name,” Donna Duncan, director of the state’s Elections Management division, told the paper.

His name will be listed at polling places, but not on the ballot. You have to type it in, should his political agenda and presents platform strike you as inspiring.

A brief bio: Mr. Claus was born Thomas Patrick O’Connor. He is a former New York City police official. He is single. He is 65. He has a long white beard. He is unaffiliated with any political parties, and he intends, should he win, to continue working to make children happy every Dec. 25.

(You can watch his campaign video above and read a fuller biography on his candidate web page, which notes his many senior level jobs in government. In a comment below this post, Mr. Claus wrote, “I’m running for President, in order to help restore America’s heart and soul and to provide a better future for our children.”)

“I’ll keep the most helpful reindeer with me, over there on the White House lawn, but the rest of them, and the elves, will have to stay at the North Pole, working,” he told the Capital Gazette. “They’ll still have to get ready for Christmas, because I’ll continue to serve as Santa.”

My political analysis: I know of no other candidate to make such a promise.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.


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