Here’s what you need to know about Donald Trump rally in Mesa for Kari Lake, others

Oct 8, 2022, 6:30 AM

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX – Former President Donald Trump is heading to the East Valley on Sunday, hosting a free rally for his preferred Arizona candidates.

Trump’s announcement said last week the event will be held at Legacy Sports Park, 6321 S. Ellsworth Road. The address coincides with the location of Bell Bank Park, the sprawling sports complex that opened next to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in January of this year. Legacy Sports Park was the working name of the facility until Bell Bank obtained naming rights.

The Mesa appearance marks Trump’s second visit to the battleground state in four months to support Kari Lake, who is running for governor, Blake Masters, who is looking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, and others.

In July, Trump stumped for Lake, Masters and others at a rally in Prescott Valley, ahead of the August primaries.

The latest visit comes three days before early voting for the Nov. 8 general election begins in Arizona.

Besides Lake and Masters, other guest speakers include state Rep. Mark Finchem, who is running for secretary of state; Abraham Hamadeh, state attorney general candidate; U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko; and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

Ric Grenell, who served as acting director of national intelligence and U.S. ambassador to Germany under Trump, and Kash Patel, who was chief of staff to the acting secretary of defense under Trump, also are scheduled to appear.

Trump will take the stage last.

Here’s how the day has been scheduled, according to organizers:

• 7 a.m. – Parking lots, vendor row and registration open.

• 11 a.m. – Doors open.

• 1 p.m. – First guest speaker addresses crowd.

• 4 p.m. – Trump takes the stage.

Free tickets are available online on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of two tickets per registered mobile number.

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Here’s what you need to know about Donald Trump rally in Mesa for Kari Lake, others