Swati Dandekar

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Swati Dandekar
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General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
U.S. House, Iowa, District 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$125,008
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 3, 2014
Campaign $$623,089
AppointedSeptember 2011
Appointed byGov. Terry Branstad (R)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa Utilities Board
September 2011-July 2013
Iowa State Senate District 18
2009 - September 2011
Iowa House of Representatives
2002 - 2008
Education
Bachelor'sNagpur University (1971)
Personal
BirthdayMarch 6, 1951
Place of birthNagpur, India
Websites
Office website
Swati Dandekar (b. March 6, 1951) is a former member of the Iowa Utilities Board. She began serving in this position in September of 2011 and stepped down on July 22, 2013 in order to spend more time exploring a bid for Congress in 2014.[1]

Dandekar's resignation from the Iowa Utilities Board, effective July 22, 2013, created an unscheduled vacancy which will have to be filled by appointment. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) originally appointed Dandekar in 2011 for an abbreviated term set to expire in April of 2015. Her appointment was a consequence of another board member who had resigned early, and now Branstad will name her replacement as well.[2]

Dandekar was a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections in the 1st Congressional District of Iowa.[3][4] She was defeated by Pat Murphy in the Democratic primary on June 3, 2014.[5]

Previously she was a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 18.

Biography

Dandekar was on the Linn-Mar Community School District Board of Education from 1996 to 2002. She served in the Iowa State House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008. She then joined the Iowa State Senate in 2009.

Dandekar resigned from the Iowa State Senate in September 2011 after she was appointed to the Iowa Utilities Board by Republican Governor Terry Branstad. Prior to her resignation, the partisan balance of Senate favored Democrats 26-24.[6][7][8]

Education

Dandekar earned her B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Nagpur University in 1971. She went on to earn her Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from Bombay University in 1972.

Political career

Iowa Utilities Board (2011-2013)

Dandekar served as a member of the Iowa Utilities Board since 2011. Her appointed term was not scheduled to end until April 2015, but she resigned from the board on July 22, 2013.[2]

Iowa State Senate (2009-2011)

Dandekar served in the Iowa State Senate from 2009 until her appointment to the IUB in September 2011.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dandekar was appointed to these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dandekar served on these committees:

Iowa House of Representatives (2002-2008)

Dandekar was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008.

Elections/Appointments

2014

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2014

Dandekar ran for election to the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of Iowa. She would seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[1][4][3][9] She was defeated by Pat Murphy in the Democratic primary on June 3, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Murphy 36.7% 10,171
Monica Vernon 23.6% 6,543
Swati Dandekar 18.3% 5,070
Anesa Kajtazovic 14.7% 4,062
Dave O'Brien 6.7% 1,844
Total Votes 27,690
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Polls

General election
Poll Pat Murphy Rod BlumUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College (September 2-5, 2014)
34.6%33%32.3%+/-5.6300
Polling Co. Inc.
August 11-12, 2014
40%35%25%+/-4.9401
Myers Research and Strategic Services
July 31-August 4, 2014
51%40%9%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 41.87% 36% 22.1% +/-5.13 367
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Democratic primary
Poll Pat Murphy Monica VernonSwati DandekarAnesa KajtazovicDave O'BrienUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College
April 8-10, 2014
30%9%9%11%6%34%+/-5.65300
David Binder Research
February 27-March 2, 2014
30%11%13%13%9%0%+/-4.9400
Myers Research
February 11-13, 2014
36%17%13%11%8%0%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 32% 12.33% 11.67% 11.67% 7.67% 11.33% +/-5.15 366.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Republican primary
Poll Rod Blum Steve RathjeGail BoliverUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College
April 10-11, 2014
17%12%2%68%+/-5.65300
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2011

Dandekar was appointed to the Iowa Utilities Board by Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on September 16, 2011.[10]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Dandekar was elected to the 18th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Joe Childers (R).[11] Dandekar raised $243,496 for her campaign, while Childers raised $22,578.[12]

Iowa State Senate, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSwati Dandekar (D) 20,667
Joe Childers (R) 17,367

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dandekar is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Dandekar raised a total of $623,089 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[13]

Swati Dandekar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Iowa State Senate District 18 Not up for election $60,925
2008 Iowa State Senate District 18 Won $243,496
2006 Iowa State House District 36 Won $122,815
2004 Iowa State House District 36 Won $104,531
2002 Iowa State House District 36 Won $91,322
Grand Total Raised $623,089

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dandekar's reports.[14]

Swati Dandekar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[15]October 16, 2013$0.00$223,747.00$(36,667.22)$187,079.78
Year End[16]January 31, 2014$187,079$180,679$(105,241)$262,517
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$262,517$181,793$(154,594)$289,716
Running totals
$586,219$(296,502.22)

2008

In 2008 Dandekar collected $243,496 in donations.[18]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $33,938
All Children Matter $31,982
Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund $11,165
Iowa Farm Bureau $6,078

Personal

Dandekar and her husband, Arvid, have two children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Gazette, "Dandekar steps down from Iowa Utilities Board to explore run for Congress" accessed July 12, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 DeMoines Register, "Swati Dandekar resigns from Iowa Utilities Board, perhaps hinting at Congressional candidacy," July 9, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Des Moines Register, "Swati Dandekar resigns from Iowa Utilities Board, perhaps hinting at Congressional candidacy" accessed July 12, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Des Moines Register, "Dandekar joins race for congressional seat" accessed July 26, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Associated Press, "Election Results," accessed June 3, 2014
  6. Stateline, "Iowa Senate control at stake in November special election," September 19
  7. Governor Terry Branstad, "Special Election Proclamation," September 19, 2011
  8. Governor Branstad, Press Release, "Gov. Branstad names Senator Swati Dandekar to Iowa Utilities Board," September 16, 2011
  9. Globe Gazette, "Dandekar resigns from state post to explore U.S. House race" accessed July 12, 2013
  10. Office of the Governor of Iowa, "Gov. Branstad names Senator Swati Dandekar to Iowa Utilities Board," September 16, 2011
  11. Iowa Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed April 7, 2014
  12. Follow The Money, "Money raised by 2008 Senate candidates," accessed April 8, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Swati A. Dandekar," accessed July 11, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Swati Dandekar 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 6, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 3, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  18. 2008 Contributions to Swati Dandekar
Political offices
Preceded by
-
Iowa Utilities Board
September 2011-July 2013
Succeeded by
Sheila Tipton
Preceded by
Mary A. Lundby
Iowa State Senate District 18
2009–September 2011
Succeeded by
Liz Mathis (D)