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


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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

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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.

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2007 Survey (click here.)

2007 Lebanon County Survey Responses

88% of respondents have lived in Lebanon County for more than 10 years; 4% 5-9 years; and 8% less than 5 years.

Respondents live in Lebanon County because of:

Family or friends



Cost of living

Better, more pleasant environment

Convenience; location; proximity


92% of respondents have been registered to vote for more than 10 years while 8% were registered for 5-9 years.

The most popular reasons that respondents visit the web for County information are:

Voter information, elections

Information in general, news


Planning & development


Courts, legal information

Tourist Bureau

Addresses, phone numbers

City of Lebanon

For an overview and to explore positive aspects of County government, the first two columns (accurate and somewhat accurate) were combined and compared to the next two columns (not very accurate and not at all accurate) and then compared with the unsure column.

Two topics received a 100% favorable response:

bulletLebanon County has a historical legacy worth preserving and protecting.
bulletWe must cooperatively plan to manage growth and development along with neighboring counties.

Also receiving a favorable 93% response is satisfaction with Lebanon County parks and trails.

Receiving an 89% favorable rating were:

bulletLebanon County is a good place to raise a family.
bulletLebanon County is a safe place to live and work.
bulletLebanon County has great schools and educational opportunities for all ages.

And 88% of respondents believe that Lebanon County is a good place to retire.

87% of respondents feel that Lebanon County has a sense of community.

86% affirm that Lebanon County residents have adequate opportunities to express their views to decision-makers about local issues and policies.

85% believe that:

bulletThe County spends tax dollars wisely.
bulletWe need more public transportation and mass transit options.  (Of note, transit received the highest ‘accurate’ rating (78%), even higher than preserving our historical legacy).

83% believe that Lebanon County offers convenient shopping.

In short, we have a lot to offer in Lebanon County.  Thank you for your views, your time, and your interest in County Government.

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