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BOARD RESIGNATION: Swati Dandekar Steps Down

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A former state senator has resigned her position on the Iowa Utilities Board and may soon announce a run for U.S. Congress.

Swati Dandekar’s resignation was accepted by Gov. Terry Branstad Tuesday and her last day will be July 22nd.

She gave up her Iowa Senate seat in 2012 after Branstad appointed her to the utilities board.

“I want to thank Swati for her dedication and public service to the Iowa Utilities Board,” Branstad said. “I wish her well in her future endeavors. Our search for her replacement will begin immediately.”

Dandekar is expected to join an already crowded Democratic field of candidates running for the 1st Congressional District seat that will be left open by Bruce Braley. Braley is pursuing the Senate seat currently held by Tom Harkin, who says he will not run for re-election when his term expires.