Andres Alonso

3rd District: Royal Farms, Northwood Shopping Center subjects of debate among candidates

The 3rd District, which Robert Curran has held tight since 1995 (when he took over for his brother, Mike, who retired from the City Council after 18 years), is another open seat with plenty of viable candidates. There are nine contenders—eight Democrats and one Green. Of the eight Democrats, four have raised significant money and/or have some name recognition or a political track record. Two have a lot of money and backing.

Ryan Dorsey is one of them. The 34-year-old works at the audio store his grandfather founded and says installing high-end AV systems has helped make his reputation around the District as a hard-working, honest person who thinks creatively and gets...