State Sen. Conrad Appel picked up an endorsement from one of his former challengers Wednesday, former Jefferson Parish School Board member Polly Thomas.

Thomas’ endorsement comes days after Scott Songy dropped out of the race and endorsed Appel’s opponent, former state Rep. John LaBruzzo.

Appel announced Thomas’ endorsement in a press release Wednesday.

In the release Thomas described Appel, who chairs the senate’s Education Committee, as “a dedicated legislator who cares about the education of our children.

“He has immersed himself in forward thinking policy that has improved accountability and student achievement in our schools. As an educator and former school administrator, he has my full support to continue his work through another term.”

Thomas is the chairwoman of the Jefferson Parish Republican Executive Committee, which also endorsed Appel earlier this year. Appel, in turn, praised Thomas’ integrity and community involvement.

“Her contribution to the education of children is unsurpassed and I share her passion,” Appel said. “Louisiana has no future unless it changes direction and truly places success in education at the top of its list of priorities.”

Appel and LaBruzzo, both Republicans, are now the only two candidates left in the Oct. 24 election for the District 9 seat. Thomas dropped out soon after qualifying, saying she didn’t see a path to victory in the race.

Songy dropped out this week, saying he could not keep up with the demands of campaigning.

Because of his late withdrawal, Songy’s name has already been printed on the ballot and will remain there when voters go to the polls. A notice in polling locations will explain that he had withdrawn from the race.

While Songy’s name will remain on the ballot, any votes cast for him will not count.