She is the first Indian born American citizen to win an election for a State Legislature in the US. She won with 57.4 percent (6,727) of vote (the highest percentage in the recent elections by an Indian born American). Dandekar, a Democrat, won the election quite comfortably. Partly this victory was due to DandekarÃÂs work as a long-time community volunteer. Dandekar is acknowledged for making contributions as a community volunteer.