Priebus Challenger Mark Willis: RNC Needs Competitive BiddingSubmitted by TIME IS NOW on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:45
Mark Willis, the Republican National Committeeman from Maine who is challenging incumbent Reince Priebus for the RNC Chairmanship, told Breitbart News on Sunday that the RNC needs a vendor selection process based on competitive bidding and a leader who understands how to manage technology projects.
The RNC will elect a chairman next Friday, January 25 during its annual winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. In order to be elected chairman, a majority vote from the 168 members of the RNC is needed. Since November, reports in the press have indicated that incumbent Chairman Reince Priebus has secured more than enough votes to win re-election, despite the Republican Party's dismal performance in the 2012 national elections.
Elected as Maine's Republican National Committeeman in May of this year, the forty-three year-old Willis lives with his wife and two children on a twenty-acre coastal farm in Dennsyville, Maine. It's a small community of a few hundred souls located twenty minutes from the famous red, white, and blue West Quoddy Head Lighthouse that marks the easternmost point of the continental United States.
A veteran who served as an Army counterintelligence agent in Haiti and Bosnia in the 1990s, Willis has a bachelors degree in international relations, a masters degree in information systems management from the University of Maryland, and a law degree from George Mason University. He worked for ten years as a senior software engineer at the U.S. Army Security and Intelligence Command and is currently employed by a Fortune 100 company as the technology manager of an application development security team.
Willis serves on the Dennysville School Board and is Chairman of the Town of Dennysville Republican Party. He was elected as a Ron Paul delegate to the Republican National Convention at the January 2012 Maine caucuses but was one of the ten Ron Paul delegates who were stripped of their credentials at the Tampa Convention based on the Romney campaign's contesting of the caucus results.
On Sunday afternoon, Breitbart News conducted this interview with Mr. Willis: