Tuyet Dorau, 2010 Wedgewood Pl, officially filed her nomination papers with the Iowa City Community School District office on Thursday, July 30th. She is running for one of three open seats for the Sept. 8 election.
Tuyet joins a competitive race that includes April Armstrong, Jean Jordison, Joshua Kaine, Jeffrey Manthey and incumbent Mike Cooper. She believes the ICCSD is facing difficult challenges that require candidates who are willing to challenge the status quo, think out side of the box and make the tough decisions that will be in the best interests of the entire school district.
Tuyet and her husband Marc’s child, Alec, 12, is entering North Central Jr. High this fall. Tuyet is a graduate of Iowa City West High and the University of Iowa. She currently works for the nationally-ranked Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics coordinating multi-site clinical trials.
She worked her way up from Johnson County Platform Committee Member to the Iowa Democratic Party Platform Chair and has served on the Iowa Democratic Party Steering Committee. She has also served as a member of the Johnson County Juvenile Justice Board, Kate Wickham Elementary Site Council, treasurer of her son’s Cub Scout Pack, and Popcorn Kernel for Troop 2000. She is currently treasurer for the West Youth Tackle Football Organization. While attending the University of Iowa, she co-founded the University of Iowa Student Global AIDS Campaign, served as Chair of the Student Organization Recognition Board and served one term as Student Supreme Court Justice.
As a product of the ICCSD, she is extremely proud of her roots. However, she believes that, “we must continually challenge ourselves to exceed expectations.” She states that, “we are very lucky to be in a school district with so many parents that are passionately engaged in their children’s education.”
Her family is excited about her candidacy and believes she will be an excellent board member. According to her husband, Marc, “Tuyet has always been a fighter. She comes from a very humble background as a refugee and has worked her way to where she is today. Her diverse background has helped her see many different points of view. Tuyet is the type of person who looks at the long term global impact of decisions.”
Tuyet says, “This election has implications far beyond the schools. A school district is not only responsible for the education of our children, but significantly impacts our local economy. Everyone should be concerned; not just those with children. Healthy school districts help attract employers and employees.” Additionally, she states that, “With a school district facing a $6 million budget shortfall, tough decisions are inevitable. Ensuring budget cuts are fiscally transparent and minimally affect the classroom is crucial.” She is also interested in addressing the new comprehensive high school and boundary changes.
There are more issues that she hopes to address as a school board member and looks forward to meeting people from around the community to hear their views and concerns. She is available for interview via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (319) 621-3668.