candidate

Definitions:

One who seeks, or is brought forward, to fill some office or post of honour, so called because it was the custom in Rome for such to dress in white. See Candid.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
A person who seeks for a vacant office; one who offers himself as a fit person to fill an appointment.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
One who offers himself or is proposed for an office.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)
CANDIDATURE, CANDIDATESHIP.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
One who offers himself, or is proposed by others, to fill some office.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
One who offers himself for any office or honor, so called because, at Rome, the applicant used to dress in white.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

Anyhow, it happened, and it was certainly not a desirable incident from the point of view of the losing candidate
- The Law and the Poor by Edward Abbott Parry
As it happened, Burke was no sooner chosen at Malton than, owing to an unexpected turn of affairs at Bristol, the idea of proposing him for a candidate revived.
- Burke by John Morley
I can imagine the reaction when our candidate is revealed in all her metallic glory.
- A Prize for Edie by Jesse Franklin Bone