candidates supported by both major parties

As early as the first Federal elections in 1788, there were candidates, who while alligned with one party or another, was supported in the press by both parties in a particular election.

Town Clerk

Town Clerk: The clerk or secretary to the corporation of a town, who has charge of the records, correspondence, and legal business, the conduct of municipal elections, etc.

Oxford English Dictionary

1803 - 1824: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island

Office Scope: Town(ship) / Borough (Pennsylvania)

Role Scope: Town(ship) / Borough (Pennsylvania)