BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The results are in and Connie Bernard received the most votes in the race for East Baton Rouge School Board in District 8.

In District 8, three candidates were on the ballot and they were Connie Bernard (R), Joseph Britt (I) and “Katie” Kennison (D).

16,692 votes were cast in this race and Bernard came out on top with 5,870 votes. Kennison came in only 98 votes behind with Britt also getting over 5,000 votes.

Prior to election day, Bernard pulled out of the race in September of this year and said she would not be an “active candidate.”

The long-time member of the school board remained on the ballot.

After seeing the results of the election on Tuesday, Connie Bernard “decided to remain in the race for School Board, District 8.”

Bernard released this statement on Wednesday:

My first thought when I woke up this morning was an incredible sense of gratitude for those supporters who chose to cast what could have been a meaningless vote for me over very diverse options. Those votes were not meaningless.

After prayerful thought and discussion with my family and friends, I have decided to remain in the race for School Board, District 8. This was not my intention when I offered to withdraw in the primary election. However, it is clear that the voters in my district prefer the type of representation I have offered during my time on the Board. I feel an obligation to those voters and, most importantly, to the children in our Parish, to give them that option if they choose me in December.

Kennison also issued a statement saying, “I’m looking forward to the next phase of the election. I would be honored to carry out the duties of being a school board member.”