People Above Politics

Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-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.


As We Ignite our Generation 2015 - Duration- 3 minutes, 59 seconds


County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz speaks to voters- Duration- 78 seconds


Campaign/Rail Trail Map Postcard.pdf

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Meeting Highlights

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Litz Co Commercial Rentals, 1.386 acre Property Available with established Rt 422 access & curb cuts.  Out of the flood plain.  Shovel ready with public water, sewer, electricity, gas & cable.  Zoned C2 General Commercial in N Lebanon Twp.  Another fast growing municipality, N Cornwall Twp is across Route 422.  Drone tour of subject site:


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YouTube posts by Commissioner Litz:  



Taking Action, Getting Results.


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Human Services 2015 Directory

bullet "No Wrong Door"-2016 Lebanon County Resource Guide

Community Resource Manual,28MB.pdf


Public Officials Directory prepared by LC Planning Department



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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.


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

Sincerely, Jo Ellen

People Above Politics

Team Litz:  Treasurer, Cathy Garrison

Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

Jo Ellen Litz Campaign Video

Swatara Watershed Association 


ABWA Homepage link

American Business Women's Association

Lebanon County Commission for Women


Woman's Club of Lebanon


Web site paid for by Jo Ellen Litz. 

Jo Ellen's

Lebanon County Commissioner: Meeting Highlights


YouTube Channel:




Wikipedia page


County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz

Qualified - Experienced - Informed




From a rural county in south-central PA


A Remarkable Democrat & Leader


An Active Community Volunteer


Champion of the Swatara Creek, farm preservation, and Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.



Lebanon held a countywide transportation summit Transportation/Lebanon County Moves - Transportation Summit Summary 2013.pdf

Safeguarding Elections

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Elections/Voter Registration English.pdf


Elections/Voter Registration Spanish.pdf


Elections/Why Vote.pdf


Team Litz Events: for more details.

I believe that focusing on economy  boosting jobs, water and sewer, schools, and energy will benefit everyone, no matter your race…or religion.


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People Above Politics

Jo Ellen Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

•             Local Government Experience – 5-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.  EMA/CommResourceGuide11,28MB.pdf  (Spanish version available on CD).

•             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.

•             Conservation Experience – President Swatara Watershed Association.  Swatara Sojourn 29 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 over 40 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.


bulletEELS--An SWA Publication; a living history. Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara,  parts of Lebanon, Dauphin, Schuylkill & Berks counties:
bullet Community Resource Manual: put together after the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado. Fire companies, police stations, municipal buildings, what to say to your child after a disaster....EMA/CommResourceGuide11,28MB.pdf
bulletMills and Bank Barns:  A Swatara Watershed Assn Publication Tourism/Mills and Bank Barns Book.pdf


This is Lebanon County PA, Community YouTubes: 


25 Years of Preserving Farms in Lebanon County PA 6 24 2017


89 year old Armar Bordner Interview 1993


Armar Bordner on Deborah Norris Coleman Brock and the Mansion


Avenue of Flags at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery 11 10 2017


Clarence Schock Memorial Park in Mt Gretna 11 3 2017


Barn to Barn update 10 28 2017


Bordner Cabin receives a fresh coat of stain 10 27 2017


Deborah Norris Coleman Brock


Fall in Coleman Park Then and Now 11 2 2017


First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Lebanon 11 3 2017


Krall Barn Masonry complete 10 28 2017


Levitz Park in East Hanover Twp Lebanon County PA 9 10 2017


Monument Park ties to the Civil War 11 3 2017


Music in the Park, the Celtic Martins 6 18 2017


Pete Silldorff on Union Canal Tunnel Park in Lebanon PA


Progress on the Krall Barn 10 22 2017


Roie Adams Grumbine and Harmonia Circle


Schaefferstown Harvest Fair 9 17 2017


The Millionaire Brocks narrated by Armar Bordner


Tour de Lebanon Valley


Union Canal Boat Rides on Sundays thru October 31


Union Canal Tunnel Park 1822 to 2017 five years shy of 200 years

bullet7 Wonders: 7_wonders_of_lebanon_county.htm
bulletDeck Hopping: Follow Jo Ellen's board Deck & Patio Dining, Lebanon County PA and nearby communities on Pinterest.
bulletDutch Country Roads in Lebanon PA: Tourism/Dutch County Roads in Lebanon County.pdf or Follow Jo Ellen's board on Pinterest:
bullet Eat Local:
bulletFarm Markets--Support our farmers:  Buy Fresh, Buy Local
bulletIce Cream Shops: Tourism/Ice Cream updated 6.2015.pdf
bulletGhost Tour of Old Building Locations: Tourism/Ghost Tour of Lebanon County Buildings.pdf
bulletLebanon County Dutch Country Roads:
bullet Lebanon Trivia:
bulletLV Rail Trail:
bullet Retail Wish List:
bullet Shop Local:
bulletStained Glass Tour:  Tourism/Stained glass window tour.doc.pdf
With help from people who live in the community, Commissioner Litz presents 15 Books, Lists, &/or other documents she helped to create, write, edit, &/or publish.  For your enjoyment, also included are the Coleman Park Master Plan, & County Recreation & Tourism Maps.  Enjoy.


bullet 60-mile Swatara Water Trail and map:
bulletCensus Information
bulletColeman Park Master Plan: Tourism/Coleman_Memorial_Park_MSP_DRAFT.pdf
bulletCounty Recreation Map: Tourism/Recreation Map.pdf
bulletCounty Tourism Map:  Tourism/Tourism Map.pdf
bullet County Commissioners of Lebanon, Political History:
bulletLebanon County Courthouse on PCN. Created during our Bicentennial.
bulletLebanon County, We're Not Just Full of Bologna  postcards available 10 for a $10 donation to Team Litz.
bulletRail Trail 2016  (and two intersection projects)                                    Tourism/FINAL MPO RailTrail CCAP article 11.2016.pdf
bullet Women's History:

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