Jo Ellen Litz

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County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz

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Fiscally Conservative

  • From a rural county in south-central Pennsylvania
  • A Remarkable Democrat & Leader
  • An Active Community Volunteer
  • Champion of the Swatara Creek, farm preservation, and Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.
  • Web site paid for by Jo Ellen Litz

Jo Ellen's Vision

Jo Ellen is a 6-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30″ Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I’ve been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner’s association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)–Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County–where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.

Keep Litz doing the People’s Business.

More about Jo Ellen Litz

  • Jo Ellen Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.
    • Local Government Experience – 6-term Democratic Lebanon County Commissioner served as Chairman of the Board in 2014; 2012 president and 2013 Board Chair of the County Commissioners Association of
    Pennsylvania; in 2012 was the Democratic party candidate for state senate (48th district); and in 2014 a candidate for governor of Pennsylvania.
    o Helped to successfully and fairly negotiate about 30 union contracts with seven unions as a county commissioner.

o Chairs the Board of Assessment and Revision.
o Chaired the Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization, MPO, (2012-15) providing experience prioritizing road and bridge projects. Lebanon County Moves – Transportation Summit Summary2013.pdf
o Elected statewide by commissioner peers as 2nd vp, 1st vp, then the president of CCAP. Term as Board chair ended December 31, 2013. However, serving her peers has earned her a permanent CCAP Board seat.
o Served during disasters like the Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee, and the 30″ 2016 Snowstorm Jonas. Prepared for Y2K.
Developed a Community Resource Manual, which offers tips for emergencies and highlights fire companies and municipalities. .
• Small Business Experience – Saved Lebanon (Auto) Body Shop when her Boss retired after health problems; provided good paying jobs with benefits. Simultaneously ran Litz Company Commercial Rentals through 2020 (over 30 years).
• Conservation Experience – President Swatara Watershed Association. Swatara Sojourn over 30 years cleaning up a source of our drinking water. Helped to create Swatara Water Trail; save the historic Bordner cabin; and
make a private park public, Swatara Watershed Park, with fishable banks, walking trail, pavilion, primitive campsites, and a boat launch….
• Party-Building Experience –
o 83-84 Chair of the Lebanon County Democratic Committee.
o Grassroots Committeeperson about 50 years.
o Hillary Delegate 2 Xs. Also, went to the last Democratic inauguration.
o Active in Rotary, ABWA-American Business Women’s Association, Woman’s Club of Lebanon, the Commission for Women.

Community Volunteer

As president of the Swatara Watershed Association for over 30 years, Jo Ellen and her team saved the Bordner Cabin from the wrecking ball; preserved the Swatara Watershed Park, 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville; and created the Swatara Water Trail, which is a total of 60 miles beginning in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, flowing through Lebanon County, and ending at the Susquehanna River in Dauphin County between Middletown and Royalton.

Team Litz

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Invest in my campaign for commissioner.  As a TEAM, we can overcome Big Money, and make this a People’s Campaign.  Are you with me?

Each of us is at a different place in our life.  Some people can volunteer time.  Other people can provide financial support–$5, $50, or $500 a month.  Whatever your situation, your contribution of time and or money is gratefully appreciated.   

Your early and/or monthly donation will help Jo Ellen to get elected by printing literature, reserving media buys, ordering signs….  

Thank you for your help and support during this campaign.  Your unwavering commitment is the wind beneath my wings.

On election day, every vote matters.  You matter!  And I can’t win this race without you.

Volunteer  today  Jo Ellen Litz

Thank you for your support and for all that you do.

Sincerely, Jo Ellen


Contact Us

400 S 8th St., Lebanon PA 17042

The Lebanon County Courthouse houses both County and City of Lebanon offices.

To receive Meeting Highlights, send a request to Jo Ellen. Voting sessions are held the 1st & 3rd Thursdays monthly, or about two emails per month.