Keller Citizen

Chris Whatley withdraws from Keller Council race

A candidate for Keller City Council has withdrawn from the race.

Chris Whatley filed last month for the May 9 election in Place 2, but Wednesday he withdrew his application, citing family health and growing business demands.

Armin Mizani, 27, an attorney, and Bill Heydenburk, 65, a retired airline pilot, are the remaining candidates.

In an email Whatley said he would support one of the other candidates and he will continue being a member of the Keller Planning and Zoning Commission.

Mizani, Whatley and Frank Roszell were candidates in the November special election to fill the Place 2 seat Former Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reaves was leaving early to pursue “significant professional opportunities.” Whatley nearly won the election, receiving 48 percent of the approximate 10,000 votes to Mizani’s 37 percent and Roszell’s 15 percent.

But to win, the candidate needed a majority of the vote, so a runoff was called between Whatley and Mizani.

Mizani won, receiving nearly 56 percent of the 2,304 votes cast.