This is getting to be a biennial event. Without any surprise, let's cut to the chase on this first endorsement for the Nov. 3 general election: Col. Dr. Congressman Brad Wenstrup, who has represented Highland County in Ohio's Second Congressional District since 2013.

On Oct. 16, 2012, I endorsed Wenstrup for the third time that year – twice in the primary (no kidding) and again in the general election. In February of that year, The Highland County Press was the only regional media outlet to endorse Wenstrup in the March 6 Republican primary against incumbent Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.

Guess what? In what was considered a pretty big upset, Wenstrup defeated Schmidt.

For background, Wenstrup has three decades of private-sector business experience and is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

In 2005, he deployed for active duty in Iraq, where he served as a combat surgeon with the 344th Combat Support Hospital. For his service in Iraq, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

"I bring a set of skills that very few in Congress have," Wenstrup told me during a 2012 interview at The Highland County Press office. "I have owned my own business. I have almost 25 years in health care and almost 14 years in the military. Everything I do in my adult life is about leadership. So few in Congress have real-world experience."

That last sentence is worth repeating: "So few in Congress have real-world experience."

Indeed. A befuddled geriatric running for president comes to mind.

Today, American voters have a choice between two candidates for president: one who has a lifetime of real-world experience and another who has spent almost a half a century on the government teat. The only real-world experience that Biden has is facing down his imaginary nemesis Corn Pop 60 years ago.

Wenstrup told me a few years ago that the Army has an acronym for leadership: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage (LDRSHIP).

"We rise to the level of our expectations," the congressman said. "We need to have higher expectations. We need to remember our Constitution begins with 'We the people," not 'We the government.'"

Wouldn't it be nice if all public officials recognized this simple truth?

Wenstrup has said that the myriad government agencies providing public assistance ought to measure their success rate by the number of people they get off public assistance, not by the ever-increasing numbers they serve year after year.

I like that. And some of our local public officials ought to demand the same when our tax dollars are funding these agencies.

In discussing business and economic development, Wenstrup shared the story of former U.S. senator and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern, who wrote about his dismal private-sector business experiences after leaving Congress.

McGovern had purchased a hotel in Connecticut, only to watch the business sink into bankruptcy. Writing for The Wall Street Journal, the senator admitted he had felt the heavy hand of government – put there by the very laws he had helped pass. "I wish that during the years I was in public office, I had had this firsthand experience about the difficulties businesspeople face every day," McGovern wrote. It "would have made me a better U.S. senator."

Wenstrup is a scholar, an officer and a gentleman. He has once again earned our vote on (or before) Nov. 3.

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• President Donald J. Trump's most lasting legacy – barring any future court packing – will be his reshaping of the federal judiciary with judges who know better than to legislate from the bench.

President Trump has successfully added two conservative Supreme Court justices, with a third in Judge Amy Coney Barrett awaiting a Senate confirmation.

President Trump has appointed more than 200 judges to the federal bench, including 53 judges on the 13 U.S. circuit courts, almost equaling former President Obama, who appointed 55 circuit judges in his two terms in the White House.

This month's Gallup poll found that a majority of Americans are better off under President Trump than they were four years ago. Fifty-six percent of registered voters say they’re better off now. It's no wonder, of course.

During President Trump's first term:

• 4 million jobs were created.

• More Americans were employed than ever recorded before in our history.

• More than 400,000 manufacturing jobs were created since his election in 2016.

• Manufacturing jobs grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.

• New unemployment claims hit a 49-year low.

• Median household income hit the highest level ever recorded.

While the mainstream media continues to attack President Trump on all fronts – real or imagined – Biden gets a free pass. No questions about his son, the Barisma Bagman. No questions about Biden's ties to former senator and KKK member Robert Byrd. No questions about Biden's attacks on gun owners' Second Amendment rights. Nothing. The liberal press would rather ask Biden what flavor milkshake he ordered than why he hooked up with the likes of Robert Byrd. Why haven't the liberal media attacked Biden in the same fashion they have attacked President Trump?

Never mind. It was a rhetorical question, and anyone with half a brain already knows the answer.

Maybe we shouldn't even bring up the fact that Biden's own running mate ripped his 47 years in office to threads during the socialist, er, Democrat debates. "I was that little girl," Harris scolded Biden. Frankly, the Harris-Biden ticket might be stranger political bedfellows than the 1972 McGovern-Eagleton ticket.

Biden has been running for higher office for 47 years without a single lasting accomplishment for working Americans. The office of president of the United States is a bridge too far. Biden has zero credibility to lead the nation and the free world. A vote for Biden is a vote for a more socialist world. Socialism has no global track record of success and never has.

President Trump has accomplished more – as he likes to say – in 47 months than the Delaware destroyer has accomplished in 47 years. Hate him or hate him, Trump's actions have served the nation well.

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A few others on the Nov. 3 ballot worthy of voters' support include (in random order):

• Highland County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Kevin L. Greer, who is seeking a fifth term as judge. Judge Greer first took the bench on Feb. 9, 1997 and was re-elected in 2002, 2008 and 2014. Voters would be wise to give him their full support in this election. Even though he is unopposed, he is most worthy of your complimentary vote.

• Highland County Prosecutor Anneka P. Collins.

• Adams County Prosecutor David Kelley.

I doubt that either Prosecutor Collins or Prosecutor Kelley has ever claimed to be a "renowned legal expert," but both have a strong record of being tough on criminals and being accountable to the taxpaying citizens. Both are Republicans, but both will buck the popular party line when they believe it's the right thing to do. Vote for them.

• State Sen. Terry Johnson.

• Supreme Court justice candidates Sharon Kennedy and Judith French.

Two years ago, The Highland County Press did endorse two southern Ohio candidates for state representative. This summer, I called them the alpha and omega of the dubious House Bill 6. They both will, no doubt, win re-election. Neither will have my vote or endorsement. They lost it with their allegiance to Larry Householder and HB 6.

On that note, The Columbus Dispatch reports this week that "instead of bolstering Republican campaigns, Householder used the money from his own campaign coffers to cover legal fees, according to pre-general election campaign finance filings."

You can't make this stuff up. Happy General Election Day. I'll be glad when it's over.

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.