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.
Clerk: The officer who has charge of the records, correspondence, and accounts of any department, court, corporation, or society, and superintends the general conduct of its business
Oxford English Dictionary
1787 - 1823: Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York
Office Scope: State / County
Role Scope: State / County