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Des Moines Branch President takes LOA

DES MOINES, August 23, 2023 — The Des Moines Branch of the NAACP announces that

President Victoria Henderson Weber will take a leave of absence to pursue public office.

In accordance with the NAACP’s policy on running for office, Henderson Weber’s request for a

leave of absence was officially accepted by the Branch’s Executive Committee at their August

meeting. Her leave of absence would take place immediately. She stated, "The decision to run for office has not been made lightly. It is motivated by a genuine desire to effect positive change and contribute to the betterment of our community." She also emphasized her commitment to upholding the values and principles of the NAACP throughout this process, which is why she is requesting the leave of absence.

In her absence, Vice President Arnold Woods, Jr. will assume the role of Interim President. Woods' is a former Des Moines Branch President whose dedication to the NAACP mission, his

extensive experience, and his unwavering commitment to social justice will ensure this leadership

transition is seamless.

"It is important to note that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization that does not endorse

candidates for political office. However, we commend all candidates in the upcoming city and

school elections for their decision to run for public office. It is a testament to their commitment

to uplifting the community we hold dear. We look forward to talking to them all in the upcoming

NAACP Forums", commented Arnold Woods, Jr.

For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

Arnold Woods, Jr.

Interim President

NAACP Des Moines Branch


About NAACP Des Moines

Founded in 1915, the Des Moines Branch of the NAACP is dedicated to achieving equity and

social inclusion by advancing policies and practices that expand human and civil rights,

eliminate discrimination, and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of all

persons of color in central Iowa. Through its commitment to justice and equality, the NAACP

Des Moines Branch remains a pivotal force in advocating for positive change in the



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