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Three vying for Place 2 on Keller City Council

Early voting is underway in the November special election to fill Place 2 seat on the Keller City Council.

All three candidate vying for the seat say they are seeking to improve the city where they live.

Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election began Monday and ends Oct. 31.

Former Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reaves announced earlier this year that he was leaving the City Council to pursue “significant professional opportunities.”

Armin Mizani, an attorney; Frank Roszell, a real estate broker and investor; and Chris Whatley, the owner of an entertainment production company, have thrown their hats in the ring and will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Place 6 Councilman Rick Barnes has taken over the role of mayor pro tem that Reaves previously held.

Reaves, an attorney, said he had two career opportunities that would clash with his council responsibilities, but would serve in a limited capacity until the election.

The winner in the November election will serve until May 2015 when the Place 2 seat expires and will be up for re-election.

Mizani said his inspiration to run was “the birth of our son Aiden and believing Keller’s greatest days still lie ahead.”

His platform is the belief that “effective representation at any level of government requires integrity, transparency and responsible fiscal management.”

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Mizani said he is a fiscal conservative who wants to reduce the city’s dependency on property taxes.

The Fort Worth trial attorney said he is an advocate for hardworking Texans against powerful special interests.

Roszell moved to Keller two years ago from Grapevine, and his family has lived in the area for 40 years.

“We plan to never leave Keller,” he said.

“In the past, we made a mistake and put all our volunteer efforts into the community in which we conducted business,” Roszell said. “We will put all our volunteer efforts into making Keller the best it can be in quality of life for all citizens.”

Roszell said he is a conservative who will “watch and manage every cent for optimum return on investment. I know the difference between a luxury and a necessity.”

Roszell leases to small businesses in Saginaw and Irving, adding that “I manage those properties personally.”

Whatley is a native Texan and has been a resident of Tarrant County his entire life; 35 years in northeast Tarrant County and the last 10 years in Keller.

“I have witnessed firsthand the amazing growth and development of this area,” Whatley said. “Today, Keller offers a unique mixture of city convenience with a hometown country feel. I tell people that life in Keller has character.”

His platform, he said, is “simple, straight forward and plain spoken: Because Keller is my home and I believe my service to our community will have a positive impact on the quality of life in Keller.”

He and his wife are business partners who own Lagniappe Productions, which operates from the office building they own in Old Town Keller.

This report contains material from Star-Telegram archives.

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