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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bulletGet Updates: Demand open government and transparency, like her 24/7 access to YouTube videos of meetings Local Government 2 - Playlist... To receive email or text alerts, send your contact information to Jo Ellen at or text 717.644-4698 .

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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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.


Volunteer  today  Jo Ellen Litz


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 


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American Business Women's Association

Lebanon County Commission for Women


Woman's Club of Lebanon


Web site paid for by Jo Ellen Litz. 

Electronic Business Pack

Starting a business?  Consulting an attorney, bank, and CPA is always a good idea.  That's not to say you can't do things yourself.  While this is not legal advice, here are a few things you can research on you own.

At the Federal and State levels, you'll need:

bulletA Federal Form SS4 whenever you have employees so you can apply for an employer identification number (EIN).  If it's just you in the business, you can use your social security number.
bulletA State Fictitious Name form DSCBi 54-311 if your last name is not in the "title" of your business. DSCB- 54-311
bulletA form PA100 to apply for a sales tax number.... PA-100.pdf
bulletIf renting an existing structure, always ask to see the Labor and Industry permit.  Make sure it is "up to standards" for your classification of business--especially if it's a change of use.  L&I is concerned with the safety of you and your workers.  It is entirely possible that your building has higher safety standards than required for your classification.  That's OK.  But if your classification requires smoke detectors, emergency lighting...and they're not already installed, be prepared to upgrade the facility.  L&I is located at Room 1600, 7th & Foster Streets, Harrisburg PA  17120.  (717)787-3323  Corporations: Important Phone Numbers
bulletSmall Business Guide:  Small Business Administration - Small Business Planner

If you own or would like to purchase a property for your business, make sure to do a Phase I Environmental Assessment, which will provide some protection against lawsuits for the cleanup of past contamination.  It may also be helpful to know about County offices that can assist you in various matters:

bullet Assessment
bulletEmergency Management Agency Preparation for Emergencies (HazMat); Terrorism
bulletPlanning- Building, Sign & Occupancy Permits
bullet Recorder of Deeds
bullet Register of Wills
bulletTax Claim Bureau
bullet Veterans Affairs

If you have other suggestions for inclusion on this page, please don't hesitate to let me know.