Tuyet Dorau

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Tuyet Dorau
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Board member, Iowa City Community School Board, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
First electedSeptember 8, 2009
Next generalSeptember 12, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa
ProfessionClinical Research Coordinator, University of Iowa
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(timed out) Campaign website
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Tuyet Dorau is an at-large member of the Iowa City school board. She won re-election to the seat on September 10, 2013.


Tuyet Dorau earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa. Dorau is a clinical research coordinator for the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Iowa. She lives in Coralville with her husband Marc and son Alec who attends West High.[1]



See also: Iowa City Community School District elections (2013)


Dorau won an election for a four year term on September 10, 2013 against eight other candidates for 3 school board member positions.[2]


Iowa City Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-Year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTuyet Dorau Incumbent 16.1% 3,738
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Lynch 13.5% 3,121
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Kirschling 13.1% 3,041
     Nonpartisan Phil Hemingway 12.7% 2,936
     Nonpartisan Karla Cook Incumbent 11.5% 2,671
     Nonpartisan Sara Barron 11.1% 2,563
     Nonpartisan Jason T. Lewis 10.3% 2,392
     Nonpartisan Gregg Geerdes 8.7% 2,019
     Nonpartisan James Tate 2.8% 659
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 53
Total Votes 23,193
Source: Johnson County Auditor, "September 10, 2013 School Election Results," accessed January 8, 2014


Tuyet Dorau received an endorsement from The Gazette on September 7, 2013.[3]


Dorau won an election for a four year term on September 8, 2009 against seven other candidates for 3 school board member positions.[4]

Iowa City Community School District, Board of Education 4 Year Term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan April Armstrong 10.2% 1,171
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael R Cooper 18% 2,067
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTuyet Dorau 19.2% 2,199
     Nonpartisan Anne M. Johnson 15.7% 1,794
     Nonpartisan Jean Jordison 14.7% 1,688
     Nonpartisan Joshua B. Kaine 0.7% 85
     Nonpartisan Jeffrey A. Manthey 0.5% 58
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSarah Swisher 20.9% 2,395
Total Votes 11,457

Campaign themes

Tuyet Dorau's campaign website is currently online, she has released several statements to the press thus far for the 2013 campaign.[5][6][7]

Global long term perspective to decision making

“The ICCSD needs to engage in long term planning to more effectively solve immediate problems. The School District issues are inter-connected; a change in one area will have far reaching effects. Reframing the issues with a longer-term and broader perspective will both improve understanding and will help the board to better solve problems faced by the district. We must work together with school faculty, staff and community members for the success of the school district; resolving to provide equitable educational opportunities for all of our students. The issues are not West side or East side issues; rather, they are ICCSD issues. By working in a united front, we can reach even greater heights.”

Transparency of ICCSD Administration and Board activities

"As the ICCSD Board, we work for the community. We must engage and encourage public input before decisions are made. In doing so, the ICCSD Administration and Board can begin to restore the trust that is lacking. In addition, we should take better advantage of electronic media to provide public information in a more timely manner."

Ensuring fiscal responsibility so the taxpayer investment in education is well used

"The ICCSD Board has a fiduciary responsibility to the residents of the district. We need to ensure contractual agreements are beneficial to the district and handled in a transparent and equitable manner. In a time of budgetary shortfalls, we need to ensure the preservation of quality education. The health of the school district has implications well beyond the classroom. As one of the largest employers in the area, we are obligated to provide the best that we can for our employees and the children that we serve while ensuring that our decisions a fiscally sound. The issues facing the district are complex and potentially polarizing. We need to move beyond narrow views of singular issues and reframe the way we look at education for the greater community. Working together in a true spirit of community partnership, we can achieve success well beyond even our children’s wildest imaginations."

What was at stake?

School closings

The board met on July 16, 2013 to discuss the possibility of closing schools. The board received a set of proposals from a community committee, one which called for the closing of Hoover, Lincoln, and Hills elementary schools and another that only called for the closing of Hoover Elementary. District officials are attempting to address facility needs in the growing school district.[8] On July 26, 2013, the School Board voted 5-2 in favor of closing Hoover Elementary in 2018. The two dissenting votes were made by Marla Swesey and Tuyet Dorau.[9]

About the district


Iowa City is located in Johnson County, Iowa
Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County, which is located in eastern Iowa. The city’s population is 70,133 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[10]


Iowa City outperforms the rest of Iowa based on higher education achievement while underperforming the rest of Iowa in median household income and ersons below poverty level. The 2010 U.S. Census found that the median household income in Iowa City is $41,956 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with a bachelor's degree or higher in Iowa City (58.2%%) than Iowa (24.9%). Iowa City has a higher poverty rate at 28.5% than the 11.9% rate for the entire state.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Iowa City (%) Iowa (%)
White 82.5 91.3
Black or African American 5.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.4
Asian 6.9 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[11]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 67 31
2008 70 28
2004 64 34
2000 59 34

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