2006 Election Makes History in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democrats Jan Cook and Susan Parker made state history Tuesday by becoming the first women to serve on the Alabama Public Service Commission at the same time. The women were sworn in to four-year terms after defeating their Republican opponents in Tuesday's general election.

Voters in Greene County made history Tuesday night. For the first time ever, a write-in candidate beat an incumbent. It happened in the race for Greene County Sheriff. Ison Thomas's name wasn't even on the ballot, but because so many voters wrote-in his name for sheriff, he won the election over incumbent Johnny Isaac.

Criminal Appeals Court Judge Greg Shaw and his wife, State Auditor-elect Samantha Shaw, have secured their place in Alabama history by becoming the first married couple elected to statewide office. "Sam" Shaw, as she is known by friends, said they didn't set out to make history. But she says the possibility of it hit them when they first saw the ballot for Tuesday's election and read their names on it. Greg Shaw won a second term on the appeals court Tuesday night. And his wife won her first race for public office. William Stewart, a political scientist at the University of Alabama, says Governor Bibb Graves and his wife, Dixie, held state office simultaneously, but it was because Graves appointed his wife to fill a vacancy in the U-S Senate in 1937. Stewart says the Shaws are the first to do it at the ballot box in Alabama.

Democrat Sue Bell Cobb has defeated Republican Chief Justice Drayton Nabers Junior to become the head of Alabama's court system. Cobb will become the first female chief justice in the state's history.