Wayne Sowell

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Wayne Sowell
Personal details
Born Wayne Sowell
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dr. Marietta Cameron

Wayne Sowell was the Democratic nominee for Alabama in the United States Senate election of 2004.[1] He was also a gubernatorial candidate in 1998 and a congressional candidate in 2000.

2002 elections[edit]

Julian L. McPhillips won many counties in the southern part of the state, but Susan Parker won the most counties. Sowell endorsed Parker for the run off. Parker was the first woman in Alabama to be nominated for a Senate seat. Parker lost to incumbent Republican Jeff Sessions in the general election, winning 40% of votes against Sessions' 59%.

2004 elections[edit]

Sowell was the first African American candidate from a major party in Alabama to be nominated for one of its United States Senate seats.[2] He received the Democratic nomination when the other Democratic candidate was ruled ineligible.[1] He was considered a long-shot against Republican opponent Richard C. Shelby, receiving only 32.4 percent of the vote in the election. Shelby won his fourth consecutive term with 67.6 percent.[3] One of Sowell's controversial tenets during the election was the legalization of marijuana.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Wayne Sowell is married to Dr. Marietta Cameron, an associate professor of computer science at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama.[5]


  1. ^ a b Lyman, Rick (2 June 2004). "Democrats Starting to See Chance of Keeping Senate Seats in South". The New York Times (www.nytimes.com). Retrieved 16 July 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "United States Senate Race". The Thomasville Times (www.thethomasvilletimes.com). 24 October 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Battle for the Senate: Outlook for the Republicans in 2010". America Votes. www.americavotes.org. Retrieved 16 July 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Wayne Sowell on Drugs". Wayne Sowell campaign website. www.ontheissues.org. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Marietta E. Cameron". Official Web Site of Birmingham-Southern College. Retrieved 16 July 2009.