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Treasurer Candidate Still Serious about Race Despite ‘Nuisance’ Comment

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The independent candidate running for Charlottesville city treasurer says he definitely wants the job, but he claims if he gets it, it will be a nuisance. 

That might sound strange from a man who wants to win an election, but it is how John Pfaltz says he feels. 

The candidate says he wants to shake things up at City Hall. He thinks a new voice - even a temporary one - is needed when dealing with something as important as the city's money. 

He made the statement Thursday night following a candidate forum for city treasurer: "It cuts into my retirement. It's going to be a nuisance." 

Pfaltz wants your vote, but says if he gets it, he's not in it for the long haul. 

"Maybe I shouldn't have said that. But it's true," Pfaltz said.    

The Charlottesville treasurer candidate says if he's victorious next week, he'll have to cancel a number of planned trips. 

But the retired University of Virginia professor says making the special election a two-man race is necessary.  

"It's become even more important as I start digging into the finances of the city," Pfaltz said. 

He says it's time to make changes at City Hall. He wants to shed light on 41 different funds used by the city, have quarterly finance reports and have a hand in choosing a new citywide computer operating system. 

Thursday's comment aside, Pfaltz says he is taking the $30,000 special election seriously. 

"If I get elected I will work my buns off. Oops I can't say that. No I'll work hard in the position," Pfaltz said. 

Democrat Jason Vandever is also running for Charlottesville treasurer. The election will be April 2.

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