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incumbent (up)on (someone)

Imposed or expected as an obligation, duty, or requirement on someone. As the wealthier citizens of the country, it's my firm belief that it is incumbent upon us to contribute toward the welfare of those who are less fortunate. He felt it was incumbent on him to take over the responsibilities of his father's business.
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incumbent (upon someone) to do (something)

obligatory for someone to do something. It is incumbent upon me to inform you that you are up for review. It was incumbent on Mary to mail her application before June 1st.
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incumbent on

Also, incumbent upon. Imposed as an obligation or duty on, obligatory for. For example, He felt it was incumbent on us all to help the homeless. [Mid-1500s]
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For Board of Health, incumbent Donna Clark, of Greenland Road, faces a challenge from Edmoth Matthews, of East Park Road, and Daniel Donovan, of Birch Drive.
In the Community College District race, the incumbents said they expect the search for a new president of the college board to be an important part of their job in the months ahead.
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The simple truth is that campaign contributors respond to high incumbent reelection rates more than cause them.
Empirical studies of the effects of campaign spending on the outcome of Congressional elections have found that campaign spending by incumbents is not as effective as that of their challengers.
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STERLING -- Only incumbents have taken out papers for the May 11 annual town election, as of Wednesday.
LANCASTER -- No elections will be held in November for four Antelope Valley school board seats because either the incumbents are running unopposed or the number of candidates seeking office is the same as the number of vacancies.
All but Young, a county court judge, are incumbents.