Office seeker

a person who is attempting to get elected to an elected office, or to get an appointment to an appointive public office.

See also: Office

References in classic literature ?
AN Office Seeker whom the President had ordered out of Washington was watering the homeward highway with his tears.
My friend," said the Office Seeker, "you see before you the wreck of an ambitious man - ruined by the pursuit of place and power.
Ascended and descended the office seekers of Paris, who ran after any sort of favor--gentlemen from the provinces anxious to be enrolled, and servants in all sorts of liveries, bringing and carrying messages between their masters and M.
Ferry, seeking a fourth four-year term, led by several hundred votes in early returns before Gauny, a first-time office seeker, gained momentum.
Hence the Latin word for an office seeker came to be candidatus, literally meaning "wearing white"; this word itself comes from the adjective candidus, "white, bright.
Many of the letters appeared also in book form, including The Nasby Papers (1864) and The Diary of an Office Seeker (1881).
Guiteau, a disgruntled and perhaps insane office seeker.
A large number of collections of Nasby letters appeared between 1864 and 1893, among them The Nasby Papers (1864), Swingin' Round the Cirkle (1867), Inflation at the Cross Roads (1875), The Diary of an Office Seeker (1881), and Nasby in Exile, or, Six Months of Travel (1882).
Major Jack was a common man magnified as oracle, a Yankee full of horse sense and wise saws, and a threadbare office seeker exposing follies in a "mobocracy.
Garfield in 1881 by a disappointed office seeker was an indirect result of the spoils system, Congress on Jan.
He knew, as only a long-repressed office seeker could, that the incumbent's advantages-name recognition, campaign money, staff organization, the support of special interests, and credit from thousands of constituents for helping with federal services-had effectively removed that seat from the democratic process.
Chick was a first-time office seeker but politically connected - her husband had been on the Airport Commission - and politically savvy from having worked for Picus.

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