PANGBURN, Ark. (AP) — A small-town Arkansas mayor who ran for re-election says he did so only to ensure two other candidates for the job would not be elected.

Pangburn Mayor James Williams is on the ballot for a runoff election on Tuesday, but he now tells The Daily Citizen that he is no longer interested in serving in his current role, saying "I don't care if I get elected or not."

Williams says he ran because he didn't want former city water commission member Gary Sharp or retired police chief Ed Goree to be the next mayor of the White County town of about 650 people.

Williams was six votes shy of winning an outright majority in the Nov. 2 election and is on the runoff ballot along with the second-place finisher, current Police Chief Harold Glenn.