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Letter from the President

August 22, 2023


To the Members of the Executive Committee and General Membership of the Des Moines Branch of the NAACP,


I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to inform you of my decision to take a leave of absence from my position as the President of the NAACP Des Moines Branch, in accordance with the 2022 NAACP National Resolution on Running for Office. This resolution underscores the importance of avoiding potential conflicts of interest that may arise from running for public office while serving as a unit officer or committee chair.


My decision to seek public office, specifically that of the District 3 Director of the Des Moines School Board, is driven by a deep commitment to ensuring that every student has access to equitable resources, outstanding and culturally competent teaching, and a safe learning environment in a high quality free public school system. It is my conviction that by actively participating in shaping education policies and helping to ensure critical student outcome goals are reached, I can contribute to dismantling the barriers that hinder the success of our students, particularly those who have been historically marginalized.


During my leave of absence, Vice President Arnold Woods, Jr. will re-assume the responsibilities of the President. I have full confidence in his leadership abilities and dedication to advancing our mission. I will remain engaged with the branch, even as I focus on my candidacy, and will continue to uphold our shared values.


I want to emphasize that this decision to run for school board has not been made lightly. It is motivated by a genuine desire to effect positive change and contribute to the betterment of our public education system. I am dedicated to upholding the values and principles of the NAACP throughout this process, which is why I have requested the leave of absence and will look forward to returning in November, with your support, when the campaign has ended.


Thank you all for your understanding and unwavering support.


In solidarity,

Victoria Henderson Weber, President NAACP Des Moines Branch

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