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Joe Arpaio speaking to supporters at the Arizona Republican Party's Fall Festival in Mesa, Arizona, in October 2012. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — a lightning rod for controversy who was pardoned by President Donald Trump last year — is scheduled to speak at the Clark County Republican Party’s convention in May.

Party chairman Carl Bunce confirmed to The Nevada Independent in a text message that Arpaio, 85, will speak at the party’s May 5 convention.

Trump pardoned Arpaio in August after the lawman was found guilty of criminal contempt by a U.S. District Court judge, who accused him of violating a court order by continuing patrols that targeted immigrants. Arpaio was defeated by Democrat Paul Penzone in the 2016 election after spending 24 years as sheriff of Maricopa County.

In January, Arpaio announced his intention to run for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, and will face off against Rep. Martha McSally and Kelli Ward in the state’s Republican primary.

The appearance will be Arpaio’s second appearance in Nevada this year — the former sheriff also appeared at a Douglas County Republican Party fundraiser earlier this month. His previous appearance in Las Vegas came in September, when he appeared and received an award from the conservative Citizen Outreach Foundation.

The county party will also hear from another conservative firebrand — former Republican Rep. Allen West — on March 3 for a Lincoln Day event.

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