Thank you for visiting our Crabtree for Congress web site! On our site, you’ll learn about Valleri Crabtree, who is a 2016 Democratic candidate for Congress, Florida District 9, and her many policy proposals.

These proposals are grouped into four main categories:

  1. Approaching social justice and the opportunities for advancement of individuals and families with fresh, creative ideas (see the Social Justice tab above).
  2. Knocking down barriers which discourage transparency and participation in government (see the Transparent Government tab above).
  3. Raising and investing tax dollars wisely which balance the interests if the individual and of society (see the Responsible Economics tab above).
  4. Safeguarding our future through decisions which consider all aspects of nation security, the environment, and the economy (see the Safeguarding our Future tab above).

Valleri is a lifelong Democrat. She believes, however, that party affiliation should not prevent us from working together to address the important challenges and opportunities which are ahead for our District and for America. For this reason, Valleri considers herself to be a “purple” Democrat, always listening and considering the ideas from the Republican “red,” the Democratic “blue,” and, of course, those from Independents and No Party Affiliation registrants. The proposals which emerge from this process are a product of reasonable discussion and serious collaboration which most of our citizens are likely to support. Instead of focusing on the far left or far right, her focus is on the middle 80%. And rather than focus on the 20% which the 80% disagrees, her formula for setting a new direction is to focus on the 80% about which the 80% agrees!

Valleri invites everyone to become involved with her in this inclusive campaign. You can help us by providing us with your e-mail address and zip code (see “Stay up to Date” above), by liking our Crabtree for Congress Facebook page, by following Crabtree for Congress on Twitter @VCCampaign, and by making a contribution to our campaign (just press the CONTRIBUTE button at the top of this page).

Thank you for your support!

I do not run for the presidency merely to oppose any man but to propose new policies. I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and because I have such strong feelings about what must be done, and I feel that I’m obliged to do all that I can.

Robert F. Kennedy, 1968, Announcement for Candidacy for Presidency

Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

John F. Kennedy, 1958, Speech at Loyola College Alumni Banquet

If the Congress were a permanent Body, there would be more Reason in being jealous of giving it Powers… They are of the People and return again to mix with the People, having no more durable pre-eminence than the different Grains of Sand in an Hourglass. Such an Assembly cannot easily become dangerous to Liberty. They are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business and promote the public Welfare; their Powers must be sufficient, or their Duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable Appointments, but a mere Payment of daily Wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their Expences, so that having no Chance for great Places and enormous Salaries or Pensions as in some Countries, there is no… bribing for Elections.

Benjamin Franklin, 1785, Letter to George Whatley

government of the people, by the people, for the people

Abraham Lincoln, 1863, Gettysburg Address

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Crabtree for Congress

Less Punishment, More Help

When a crime is committed, our first reaction is to arrest – convict – incarcerate. Unfortunately, this approach often begins the cycle of “a revolving door” which can ruin lives which might otherwise be saved. In this video, Valleri takes a fresh look at how we might handle those who are first time offenders at the moment of their detention, how those who have served their sentences may have more opportunities in voting, employment, and life itself, and how we can change the system for both youth and adult offenders so that when incarceration does happen, it makes more sense.