John Pfaltz is a professor emeritus in computer science at the University of Virginia. He was also an independent candidate for the city treasurer special election on April, 2, 2013. 
Pfaltz also served on the 2004 Charlottesville Elections Study Task Force. 
Pfaltz challenged Jason Vandever for the office of city treasurer in early 2013, claiming that the Democratic party's control over the seat meant that the city was not investigating shortfalls to the retirement system. However, Pfaltz fell short of his goal to unseat Vandever, and only received 397 of the 1,683 votes cast. 
City Council candidacy
In 2000, Pfaltz ran unsuccessfully for City Council as a Republican.
|Maurice Cox (D) incumbent||2,931||56.15|
|Meredith Richards (D) incumbent||2,734||52.38|
|Kevin Lynch (D)||2,723||52.16|
|Jon Bright (R)||1,946||37.28|
|Elizabeth Fortune (R)||1,793||34.35|
|John Pfaltz (R)||1,701||32.59|
|Kevin Cox (I)||740||14.18|
|Stratton Salidis (I)||317||6.07|
|Source: City of Charlottesville|
Voters could cast three votes, one for each of the three seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%.
- ↑ Web. After nearly 50 years, Charlottesville will see contested Treasurer's race, Rick Sincere, Charlottesville Examiner, retrieved January 10, 2013.
- ↑ Web. [https://www.cvillepedia.org/images/200412xx-CharlottesvilleElectionsStudyTaskForce.pdf Report of the Charlottesville Elections Study Task Force], Report, Charlottesville Elections Study Task Force, December 2004, retrieved October 8, 2021.
- ↑ Web. Vandever wins Charlottesville treasurer race, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 2, 2013, retrieved April 4, 2013.
- ↑ Web. Official Results May 2, 2000 City Council Election, city website, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 6 May 2011.
- ↑ Web. Official Results May 2, 2000 City Council Election, city website, City of Charlottesville, retrieved August 4, 2022.