Litz throws her hat into ring

LEWISTOWN – Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, Jo Ellen Litz stopped by The Sentinel on Wednesday while en route to Ag Progress Days in Centre County.

The four-term Lebanon County Commissioner said she brings a wide range of life experiences to the table.

Her inspiration for running comes from her father who always said if you see something that is wrong, “you should try and fix it.”

After recently losing a longtime friend to cancer, she “realized tomorrow may be too late,” and decided it was time to throw her hat in the ring for governor.

Litz has a broad platform but said one of things that troubles her most is the lack of a tax in place for the gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania.

Litz said Pennsylvania is the only state where companies are drilling for natural gas that doesn’t have such a tax.

Adding insult to injury, many of the companies also have their headquarters outside of the state, Litz said.

Litz would also like to see a new infrastructure bill to address Pennsylvania’s crumbling roads and structurally deficient bridges.

“I just don’t understand why we don’t have a transportation bill,” she added.

Litz said infrastructure is the backbone of Pennsylvania and effects everyone. Infesting in infrastructure is also good for the economy, she added.

She also proposes more frequent meetings between the governor and the legislature to ensure any budget related issues are resolved prior to the waning hours of the fiscal year deadline.

Litz said she brings experience in local government, a 30-year commitment to conservation through the Swatara Watershed Program and a background in business.

“I owned and operated a bodyshop for 20 years … I think conservation and business can work together,” Litz said.

Litz said she is running a grassroots campaign and isn’t taking money from “big corporations or politicians.”