As young men and women trickled into the back of a Mount Vernon bar, Calvin Allen Young III, a 28-year-old, first-time candidate for mayor, prepared to make his pitch.
The crowd at the networking event Thursday barely topped two dozen, but it was filled with up-and-comers, including Young, who is one of 13 Democrats competing in the April 26 mayoral primary.
The race boasts a formidable slate of hopefuls, including a former mayor, a state senator, two city councilmen, an attorney and a businessman.
With that competition, the remaining candidates have struggled to attract attention and money.
Young, a Baltimore-born engineer who graduated last year from Harvard...