Former chief of staff to Michelle Obama wins school board seat in Iowa

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Des Moines Public Schools voters chose Teree Caldwell-Johnson (left), Jackie Norris (top middle), Maria Alonzo-Diaz (top right), Kim Martorano (bottom middle) and Jenna Knox to fill the five open school board seats.

Jackie Norris, a newcomer to school board politics who broke fundraising records in the Des Moines metro area, has been elected to the Des Moines School Board. 

Her victory helps cement an all-female school board that will govern the state’s largest school district. 

The former chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama, who also served as CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa, raised $28,253 as a first-time candidate.

“I think I have a set of experiences and am known in this community, and have delivered results for this community,” Norris said. “And I think people stood up for public education (and) the importance of having great leaders.”

Also joining the school board based on unofficial results as an at-large member is Maria Alonzo-Diaz. Jenna Knox, who ran unopposed, will represent District 2 on the board. Incumbents Kim Martorano and Teree Caldwell-Johnson will retain their seats.  





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