can·di·date /ˈkændəˌdet, ˈkænə, dət/
Can·di·date n. One who offers himself, or is put forward by others, as a suitable person or an aspirant or contestant for an office, privilege, or honor; as, a candidate for the office of governor; a candidate for holy orders; a candidate for scholastic honors.
n 1: a politician who is running for public office [syn: campaigner,
2: someone who is considered for something (for an office or
prize or honor etc.) [syn: prospect]