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candidacy

noun
     
can‧di‧da‧cy plural candidacies also can‧di‧da‧ture [uncountable and countable]
the position of being one of the people who are competing in an election [↪ candidate]
candidacy for
The local party supported her candidacy for the post of chairman.
announce/declare your candidacy
He has not yet officially announced his candidacy for the presidential election.
She later withdrew her candidacy.

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