Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz confirmed what she said to Democratic committee members this weekend – she is looking at a run for Pennsylvania governor.
Litz could not be reached for additional comment but expressed her intentions to PoliticsPA in an email.
“I’ve been exploring a run for Governor by calling and visiting friends and colleagues across the state,” Litz wrote. “I will hold a press conference on the steps of the State capital (sic) on Tuesday, July 2 at 10 a.m.”
Litz was first elected as county commissioner in 1995 and has been reelected four times since. In 2010, Litz ran unopposed in the primary for a State Senate seat but lost handedly to incumbent Republican Mike Folmer by a near 3-1 margin.
With an already crowded Democratic field and limited fundraising activity, Litz faces a tough if not impossible path to the nomination. But her entrance into the race would complicate the picture for others – particularly candidates like former DEP Sec. Katie McGinty and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz whose advantage as female candidates would be diminished.