I am looking for a term for a candidate who wants and hopes to win an election, but has no intention of fulfilling the role if elected. He wishes to be elected in order to prevent it being done at all. He is quite open about this. Is there a word or phrase with this meaning?
Here is an example. An elected official is responsible for arranging for public footpaths to be kept clear of weeds and obstacles and in a usable condition. Many of these paths run adjacent to people's back gardens or across farmland. The current holder of the post is a keen rambler and walker and has been doing a particularly good job, and the paths are better used. However many of the local residents would prefer the paths to be less used and somebody is standing for the post who intends to do the very minimum he can get away with, because he, like many of his neighbours, does not want the paths to be maintained.
The county authorities require each parish to elect an official to maintain paths. These paths are intended for the benefit of non-locals as well as locals. However some of the locals, who form the electorate, would prefer them not to be maintained.
Is there a term used to describe such a candidate?