WASHINGTON – Mark Willis, the Maine resident hoping to become the next chairman of the Republican National Committee, has released an "eight-point plan to get the party back on track."

Willis, of Dennysville, currently serves as the Republican state committeeman from Maine, giving him a seat at the RNC winter meeting in Charlotte, N.C. on Jan. 25. Willis was also one of the Ron Paul delegates from Maine who fought with national party leaders at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last summer.

Still frustrated with the events in Tampa – including changes to RNC rules – the libertarian Republican has launched a longshot bid to defeat current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, as I wrote about here. But first, Willis will have to win the necessary endorsements from three state delegations. He's picked up Maine and Nevada but still needs the third.

Here is the eight-point plan that Willis released on Thursday, reprinted verbatim:

  1. Adherence to the 2009 Resolution in Support of Good Governance to put out RFP’s for all contracts over $100,000 while ensuring quality services from each agreement.
  2. Repeal the RNC rules adopted in Tampa. They are cutting the grassroots out of the 2016 Presidential election cycle.
  3. Re-establish the relationship with the GOP by encouraging a decentralized approach with more autonomy for state parties and adopting ideas from the bottom up.
  4. Implementation of up-to-date technology systems is essential to victories and the chairman should be familiar to ensure efficiency.
  5. Bring back those who have left the Republican Party. They deserve respect Independents and disillusioned Democrats should feel at home with the RNC.
  6. Fight every single day for conservative values. Renew the spirit of self reliance and share the message that Conservatism is the only hope for American prosperity.
  7. Hold the party leaders accountable. Party officials should not be allowed to reward political insiders with benefits given by Republican donors.
  8. New management style. The RNC needs leadership aligned with honesty and integrity which listens to and encourages members to bring forth bold innovative ideas.

Willis said in an interview that even if he doesn’t secure the third state to officially run against Priebus, “I have raised the level of discussion on these issues, so that is a victory right there.”



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