Preparatory Committee member and businessman Peter Woo Kwong-ching has launched a low-key lobbying campaign in preparation for an announcement of his intention to run for chief executive. Leaders of major political parties yesterday confirmed Mr Woo had contacted them, with one saying Mr Woo had disclosed his intention to run for the top job. But most were reluctant to say whether Mr Woo, chairman of the Hospital Authority and the former chairman of Wharf and Wheelock, would be an ideal candidate. Mr Woo, the son-in-law of the late shipping tycoon Sir Yue-kong Pao, also hopes to get a Selection Committee seat. Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said Mr Woo had called him a few days ago to give him notice of his intention. 'Mr Woo said he was running for the post of chief executive and wanted to notify me in advance because I am the head of a political party,' Mr Lee said. 'Originally, he intended to drop in to make a courtesy call.' But Mr Lee turned the suggestion down. He explained that the Democratic Party had decided not to meet any one candidate to avoid favouritism. Mr Woo is also known to have revealed his plans to contest the top post to colleagues in the Preparatory Committee. Committee member Raymond Wu Wai-yung said he had been told of Mr Woo's plan about two weeks ago. But the tycoon had not pursued Mr Wu for his support to join the race. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-sing said he had met Mr Woo yesterday morning to exchange views on various policy issues. He declined to confirm whether Mr Woo had made his intention to run for the post known to him. Preparatory Committee member and chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, Frederick Fung Kin-kee, said Mr Woo had called him last week to arrange a meeting, but a date had yet to be fixed. Legislator and Preparatory Committee member David Chu Yu-lin said: 'I've known him for many years. He is a very capable administrator. 'His work in the Hospital Authority is an important public service. I think he has done an excellent job in this particular public service.' Mr Woo was not available for comment yesterday.