YOUNGSTOWN — Donald J. Trump and friends will campaign together later this month in downtown Youngstown.
The 45th president of the United States will hold a rally Sept. 17 at the Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St.
Trump will speak in support of U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance, as well as other Trump-backed candidates on the ballot in November just as election season kicks into full gear.
Doors at the Covelli Centre will open at 2 p.m. and special guest speakers will begin delivering remarks at 4 p.m. Trump is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m.
Entertainment and concessions will be available throughout the day, according to the Covelli Centre. Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be obtained at donaldjtrump.com.
Almost three weeks ago, Vance was in Liberty for another rally, during which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came to back him. Trump and DeSantis are considered leading potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates. Trump openly has discussed running for president again in 2024 and remains popular among many Republicans. He won Ohio by about 8 percent in the last two presidential elections, but the state long has been considered a key battleground for the presidency.
The race for the U.S. Senate seat became open after incumbent Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, decided not to seek re-election. Vance, who relied heavily on his Trump endorsement to win the Republican Senate primary in May, will face U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, on Nov. 8 in what polls say is a very tight race.
The Trump family has visited the Mahoning Valley several times, the most recent being Aug. 22, when Donald Trump Jr. came to Niles to campaign for state Rep. Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta. About 350 people attended that fundraiser.
If you go …
WHAT: Rally for J.D. Vance featuring former President Donald J. Trump
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept. 17
WHERE: Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown
8 a.m. — Parking lots, vendor row and registration open
2 p.m. — Doors open
4 p.m. — Special guest speakers deliver remarks
7 p.m. — Trump delivers remarks
Entertainment and concessions will be available throughout the day.