Iowa Utilities Board member resigns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former state Sen. Swati Dandekar is resigning from the Iowa Utilities Board.

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday that he had accepted Dandekar’s resignation, which will be effective July 22. He says a search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Branstad appointed Dandekar to the board in 2011. She resigned her Senate seat to take the post.

The Iowa Utilities Board regulates rates and services of Iowa utilities. Board members are paid more than $113,000 a year.

Dandekar has said she is exploring a run for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. She did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

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