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Donald Trump Jr. will speak in Shiprock

Noel Lyn Smith
nsmith@daily-times.com
Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign rally for his father, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at Arizona State University Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

FARMINGTON – Donald Trump Jr. will make a second campaign stop in San Juan County on Friday to urge voters to support his father, the Republican candidate for president of the United States.

The younger Trump will speak at the Shiprock Chapter house in an event organized by the Navajo Republicans of Shiprock.

Vern Lee, who oversees the Shiprock satellite office for the San Juan County Republican Party, said today the event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Trump is scheduled to speak in Shiprock after an appearance in Farmington.

Joining Trump will be U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullins, R-Okla., who serves as chairman on the Native American Coalition for Trump, according to an agenda for the event, which was released today.

Trump is scheduled to be introduced by Allen Weh, who unsuccessfully ran to represent New Mexico in the U.S. Senate in 2014.

The event had been under development for a couple of weeks but organizers said they did not learn about Trump's attendance until Tuesday.

"I didn't think it would grow this big but it is," Lee said. "It's exciting that Navajos can shake a political tree."

Lee said the event will present voters with information about the GOP and share candidate platforms.

Todd Johnson, the Trump campaign's statewide director, on Wednesday confirmed the younger Trump's visits to Shiprock and Farmington.

The agenda also lists speeches by Republicans that include Michael Romero, running to unseat Ben Ray Lujan in the U.S. House of Representatives; Judith Nakamura, who is running for re-election for the state Supreme Court; state Sen. William "Bill" Sharer, from Farmington, who is running against Rebecca Morgan to retain his state Senate District 1 seat; and state Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, who is being challenged by Glojean Todacheene for the District 4 seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Others scheduled to speak include former Navajo Nation chairman Peter MacDonald and former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.

Trump is scheduled to arrive in Farmington at 2 p.m. Friday then head to the GOP rally at the Piñon Hills Community Church, 5101 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington.

The church's doors open at 1:30 p.m. and seating is provided on a first come, first served basis, according to the San Juan County Republican Party.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.