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

Home TeamLitz Biography Business ABCs CCAP Grad Contribute Energy Credits Entertainment Events FlyLikeAnEagle Girl Scout Palm Cards Political History Press Room SpencerGram Shop Local Your Opinion Star Supporter Swatara Team Litz TV Trivia Volunteer WomenInPolitics 7 Wonders of Lebanon Litz Co. LitzOnLebanon Convention Retail Wish List Anniversaries Guv Experience

Recipes     People Above Politics

Follow Me on Pinterest  Follow JoEllenLitz on Twitter 

 QR Code for this web.


Elections/Why Vote.pdf


Meeting Highlights

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:


My Blog on the Lebanon Daily News site:


LINKED IN Jo Ellen Litz


YouTube posts by Commissioner Litz:  



Taking Action, Getting Results.


NEED HELP?  Try one of these resources:


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



to Team Litz  using PayPal

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 


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. 

Your Opinion Matters!

New 2007 Survey (click here.)

2003 Survey:  Copy and paste these questions into an email, and tell me what you think.  A simple yes or no will do, but a short summary of your reasoning is also welcome.   Send to


1)  Should we be tough on criminals? __yes  __no

2)  Do you agree with using programs like work release, house arrest, and community service for non-violent offenders?  __yes  __no

3)  Do you agree that prisoners should help to pay for their room and board while incarcerated in county prison?  __yes  __no

4)  Would you support an expansion of the County prison to house violent offenders?  __yes  __no

5)  Should the office of District Attorney be full-time?  __yes  __no

Crime Survey Results updated 2/22/03:

Question # Yes No Not Sure Comments
Crime 1 - Be Tough 75%   25% Pro & Con
Crime 2 - House arrest... 100%     Pro & Con
Crime 3 - pay for board 58% 33% 8% Pro & Con
Crime 4 - prison expansion 42% 33% 25% Pro & Con
Crime 5 - fulltime DA 50% 17% 33% Pro & Con


1)  Do you support farmland preservation?  __yes  __no

2)  Do you agree that we can't totally stop growth, and it's better to plan where we will allow growth?  __yes  __no

3)  Do you feel an updated comprehensive plan is a good tool to channel growth to less productive land.  __yes  __no

4)  Do you favor tax breaks like Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZ) in order to revitalize downtowns and reuse old industrial sites?  __yes  __no

5)  Do you think the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program that channels fifty percent of taxes paid into infrastructure (water, sewer, roads) for a fixed period of time is good for both businesses to create jobs and our local economy?  __yes  __no

6)  Do you support pursuing grants to complete a trail system for Lebanon County that would run from Swatara State Park and the Appalachian Trail in the north to the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail and Governor Dick in the south attaching to the Lancaster County trail as well as from the Swatara Water Trail that connects to both the Dauphin County Greenway and Horseshoe Trail in the west to the Tulpehocken Trail, Berks County, in the east, and intersecting with the N/S trail at the Union Canal Tunnel?  __yes  __no

Land Use Survey Results updated 2/22/03

Question # Yes No Not Sure Comments
Land Use 1 - Farm Preservation 83% 8% 8%  
Land Use 2 - Planned Growth 83%   17% Pro & Con
Land Use 3 -Com- prehensive Plan 75%   25%  
Land Use 4 - KOZs 75% 17% 8% Pro & Con
Land Use 5- TIFs 33% 8% 58% Pro & Con
Land Use 6 - Trails 92% 8%    


1)  Should counties undertake the time and expense to complete a reassessment of all property parcels?  __yes  __no

2)  If state and federal funds are available, do you favor new voting machines that would be more accessible to the handicap, take up less storage space, and be both less cumbersome and less expensive to transport to polling places?  __yes  __no

3)  In addition to the ramp from the parking lot, do you feel that there should be a wheelchair accessible ramp to the Courthouse along South 8th Street?   __yes   __no

4)  Do you agree that County employees are hard working and honest?   __yes  __no

5)  Do you have any suggestions on how to improve county government?  __yes   __no  If so, please explain. 

6)  Is it important to you to have a full-time county commissioner?  __yes   __no

7)  What other qualities are you looking for in your county commissioner?   __yes  __no

8)  Does it matter to you in which party a commissioner candidate is registered?   __yes  __no

9)  Have you made up your mind about who you are going to vote for in the commissioner's race?  __yes  __no

Optional.  If the commissioner's race were held today, which two candidates would you vote for: __Carpenter,   __Griffith,  __Jarboe, __Keefer, __Litz, __Rhoads,  __Stichler,  __Stohler,  __Wolfe ?

Court House Survey Results updated 2/22/03.

Question # Yes No Not Sure Comments
1 - Reassessment 8% 25% 67% Pro & Con
2 - Voting Machines 75% 17% 8% Pro & Con
3 - Ramp 58% 25% 17% Pro & Con
4 - Good Workers 83%   17% Pro & Con
5 - Improvements       Comments
6 - Full Time 50% 25% 25% Pro & Con
7 - Qualities       Comments
8 - Registration matters 8% 92%   Pro & Con
9 - Decided 75% 17% 8%  
Carpenter Litz Stichler Keefer  
bulletPlease state if your name and/or reasoning may be posted on this web site. __yes __no
bulletThank you for taking the time to provide feedback!  Sincerely,  Jo Ellen


Using PayPal