Lovelace battling Sanford on health, education fronts

(Columbia-AP) Dec. 13, 2005 - Oscar Lovelace is taking on Governor Mark Sanford in the June Republican primary.

The family doctor in Prosperity, South Carolina, says Sanford has neglected health care ideas that could save the state money. And he says Sanford has turned his back on public education.

Lovelace says he'll do all he can to stand on the side of poor rural school districts now suing the state in a school funding lawsuit.

Lovelace was a big supporter of Sanford's three years ago. Sanford tapped Lovelace to lead a panel to come up with ideas to address the state's health care issues.

Lovelace says people in the health care community who supported Sanford in the 2002 campaign spent ten weeks on Sanford's project, but little came of it.

Lovelace says he's raised about $150,000 so far. In October, Sanford had nearly $4 million on hand.

Lovelace says he doesn't have personal wealth to put into the effort, so he's relying on small donors' support.

Posted 9:25pm by Chantelle Janelle