Kevin Kuesters, a candidate for Loudoun County School Board, was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly assaulting his wife, prompting a newly competitive race in the Broad Run district.

Kuesters was running unopposed for the Broad Run position, but about a week after word of his arrest spread, another candidate, Joy Maloney, has launched a write-in campaign.

“It had already bothered me that my opponent sent all three of his children to private school,” Maloney said in a statement. “After he was arrested, several Broad Run residents encouraged me to commit to serving our community as it deserves.”

Kuesters was released on his own recognizance on the same day that the alleged assault occurred. He faces up to 12 months in jail if convicted. Kuesters could not be reached for comment. Last week, he told the Loudoun Times-Mirror that he’s sure the charges against him will be dismissed.

According to his Web site, Kuesters is a senior accountant with the Department of Homeland Security. He also runs a private tax practice.