Tsuda, Sue

Former Fullerton Councilwoman; Fullerton’s School Board member; Active member of the League of Women Voters





An oral history of Sue Tsuda, former member of the Fullerton City Council, Fullerton School Board, and current member of the League of Women Voters North Orange County. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Tsuda’s time spent in local office, as well the League of Women Voters. Specifically, this interview discusses Tsuda’s childhood in rural Cook County, Illinois, where her father was a machinist and her mother an active League of Women Voters member; explains her parent’s interest in politics; recalls Pearl Harbor and the impact it had on her community; talks about members of her family who served in the military; discusses the League’s role in the community and how it has evolved over the years; explains the work she did while acting as League president and state board member; talks about driving around registering local Fullerton voters; discusses her interest and involvement in politics; explains running Frances Wood’s campaign (first woman elected to Fullerton City Council) as well as her own; explains the complexities of holding office, for instance when Republican members of the council did not permit her to become mayor; explains her role and contributions to Fullerton School Board; speaks about her contributions on the Fullerton Planning Commission; discusses current projects, including the Center for Healthy Generations, in Yucca Valley; and finally, provides insightful advice to young women who want to be involved in politics.


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Description> Sue Tsuda, 2016.
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Description> Sue Tsuda with interviewer, Scherly Virgill, outside the Education Building at California State University, Fullerton, 2016.
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Description> Sue Tsuda and interviewer, Scherly Virgill, during interview, 2016.