The Democratic challenger in the 2nd Congressional District and Virginia Beach businessman Paul Hirschbiel will begin airing his first campaign TV ad of the election Monday titled "Teacher" that focuses on the candidate's commitment to early-childhood and K-12 education enrichment programs.
Hirschbiel is running against U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, in the district that has increased in presence on the Peninsula due to redistricting.
The ad features a voice over by a teacher, Jamie Arnett, in the Horizons Virginia Beach summer enrichment program for kids in first through ninth grade.
Speaking over clips in the 30-second spot of Hirschbiel interacting with kids taking part in the program Arnett says, "Paul knows that to compete with China and India we got to give our kids a great education.
"There comes a time where they end up graduating from High school they write you to tell you thank you for making a difference in my life, there is nothing more powerful than that.
"For Paul it’s not just about the bottom line, it’s about improving lives."
Hirschbiel founded the Hampton Roads chapter of Horizons National Student Enrichment Program, and resigned as vice-chair of the national board to run for Congress.
He also founded founded Smart Beginnings, an early-childhood education program that has 29 programs across the commonwealth and works with the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, a public-private partnership established by the General Assembly under former Democratic Gov. Mark Warner. Warner now serves as the state's junior U.S. Senator. Hirschbiel worked with the Warner administration in developing the Early Childhood Education Initiative.