|Connie Sue Campbell Bernard|
District 8 member of the
East Baton Rouge Parish School Board
January 1, 2011 – Current third term expires on December 31, 2022
|Preceded by||Greg Baldwin|
|Born|| November 20, 1961|
Place of birth missing
|Residence||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
Connie Sue Campbell Bernard (born November 20, 1961)is the owner of a public relations firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is an embattled Republican member of the East Baton Rouge School Board. In the summer of 2020, she came under fire from politically correct liberals angered at her vacillation about Confederate names on public buildings. First elected in 2010, she faces a potential recall election; her current third term ends on December 31, 2022.
In June 2020, her opponents, mostly African-American activists and four school board colleagues, demanded that she resign from the board because she had loosely defended the name Robert E. Lee, the former name of Lee High School (since renamed Liberty High School). Bernard first said that the critics of General Lee should study the biography of the total man. Faced by the rebuke, Bernard apologized profusely for defending General Lee, reaffirmed her commitment to the civil rights agenda, but pointedly refused to yield her seat to which she has been elected three times.
On June 25, 2020, Bernard was marked for removal on a 7-1 vote from the seat she hold on the East Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation Commission. Her opponents claim that Bernard's mere presence harms the reputation of the commission..
Bernard has also come under scrutiny for allegedly shopping on-line during the 8-hour school board meeting on June 18, 2020, when the renaming of Lee High School was being discussed. She denied the allegation by saying that she had merely neglected to close a pop-up advertisement on a screen. She used both her school board-issued and personal laptop computers.
Bernard won her first term on the board in 2010, when with 3,672 votes (54.1 percent), she defeated three Democrats, who polled a combined 3,115 votes (45.9 percent). In 2014, she won a second term when she defeated fellow Republican Christopher Bailey in a runoff election. She polled 6,881 votes (51.6 percent) to Bailey's 6,450 (48.4 percent).
- Connie Bernard. Mylife.com. Retrieved on July 15, 2020.
- Katelyn Umholtz (June 22, 2020). Connie Bernard: 'I'll continue to serve' on EBR school board despite calls for my resignation. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on July 17, 2020.
- Terry L. Jones and Charles Lussier (June 25, 2020). Racist hack interrupts BREC as it seeks School Board to replace Connie Bernard appointment. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on July 17, 2020.
- Charles Lussier (June 29, 2020). Was Connie Bernard shopping during school board meeting? Records show her web browsing activity. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on July 15, 2020.
- Connie Bernard. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on July 15, 2020.