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Commissioner Litz running for Pa. governor

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Another midstate Democrat wants to be governor. A Lebanon County commissioner announced her candidacy on the Capitol steps on Tuesday.

Jo Ellen Litz may not be a name many midstaters recognize. She is considered an underdog by some, but Litz said that is what would make her a good governor.

Litz spent 14 years as a county commissioner and has worked with state agencies. She also pointed out her success as a business woman and her service to the community as a volunteer.

"I've met with the leadership of townships, boroughs and cities as well as schools to see where we agree on issues and what would make government run better," Litz said.

Litz said there is a lot she would change to make government run better, because she disagrees with Governor Corbett on almost everything.

Here is the short list of things she would like to accomplish if elected: Fix unsafe roads and bridges, improve school districts, and create a Marcellus shale tax. Litz also supports the Second Amendment, with background checks, and wants to accept federal Medicaid.

"I have to listen to my heart. My father brought me up, and he said if there's ever anything you don't agree with, you get in there and you do what you can to straighten it out," said Litz.

Litz said her biggest disappointment was the way he handled the Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

"I haven't seen where he's made a difference, and so that's why I'm disappointed. And that really weighs heavy on my heart," Litz said.

Litz agrees with Corbett on one thing: grants for human services.

"Where I part with Governor Corbett is the fact that we were cut 10% I think we need to restore that cut so that we can help our most needy citizens," said Litz.

Litz joins a crowded field of Democrats who plan to seek the nomination and challenge Corbett next year.

The other candidates are U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Revenue secretary Tom Wolf, former DEP secretaries John Hanger and Kathleen McGinty, and Mechanicsburg minister Max Myers. State Treasurer Rob McCord is also exploring a bid.


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