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.


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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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People Above Politics

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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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It takes three commissioners with varied backgrounds and opinions to run a county.  Do you want to know why you should vote for Jo Ellen Litz as your County Commissioner?  Take a look at her service record.

 2007 TV Ad 1;     2007 TV Ad 2;     Corridor II

Jo Ellen introduces a series of clips that showcase her involvement in the community.  Her promise to you has been to put People Above Politics.  Before it was fashionable, she worked to make government transparent by providing newsletters to community groups, posting commissioner’s votes to a web site, and sending out weekly email alerts with timely County information.

Jo Ellen worked hard in 2006 to make sure commissioners purchased voting machines from a financially sound company, and then fought to keep your voting district intact.  Whether it was an election issue, getting energy audits back on track, or recouping medical payments due the County, by Taking Action and Getting Results, she stood up and spoke for our citizens, but together, everyone advanced on these issues.

As a conscientious voter, you expect more than polished political ads and sound bites from your candidates.  You want to know your candidate’s passions and beliefs, what makes them human.  Do your elected officials care about your children and our future?  Listen to these unscripted responses as she mentors NLHS students (fifteen minutes) by answering their questions.

Quality of life is important to Jo Ellen, and we need to keep the charm, culture, and history of our area.  So what has she done for you in this area?  For many years, decades, she's worked on the Swatara Creek, even helped to save the Bordner cabin, always putting People Above Politics.

She's also helped to document some of our special places like farms, Annville, the Veteran’s Memorial, Lebanon, our biggest employer, Fort Indiantown Gap, and Governor Dick.  And by championing a goal of 25% renewable energy by the year 2025, she has a vision for a sustainable future where solar, wind, bio-diesel, and ethanol not only reduce our dependency on foreign energy, they support our farmers. 

But what about our safety?  She serves on the prison board and responded to emergencies like the Campbelltown tornado & floods.  She participates in TMI and other emergency drills.  She's worked with EMA to promote the mapping of unsafe quarries and with the State to create the Stay Out Stay Alive educational video.  Then, she created a Community Resource Manual by gathering information, taking pictures of fire companies, schools and municipal buildings, editing, and raising money to privately fund printing of the emergency booklet so this valuable resource wouldn't be a drain on taxpayer resources--once again putting People Above Politics.

In short, she's kept her promise to put People Above Politics, Took Action to Get Results, and she respectfully asks for your support and your vote.

Files Sizes:

People Above Politics (4.04 MB) Voting Machines (3.71 MB) Voting Districts (13 MB)
Students & Leaders (132 MB) Swatara, A Watershed @ Work (21.1 MB) Bordner Cabin (12.8 MB)
People Above Politics-B (4.3 MB) Annville (30.6 MB) Veteran's Memorial (92 MB)
Lebanon (26.5 MB) Gov Dick (14.9 MB) Mine Mapping (15.7 MB)
Resource Manual (4.15 MB) People Above Politcs-C (4.62 MB) People Above Politics-D (4.0 MB)

Media credits include:  Comcast, Dave Sollenberger, WGAL TV8, and WITF TV.


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