The Young Turks of the Democratic Party will be looking at the elections in Wong Tai Sin as a gauge of their strength. Andrew To Kwan-hang, a core member of the Young Turks running in the Chuk Yuen Central constituency, said extra effort was being put into Wong Tai Sin, with its mainly public-housing electorate. 'If people want to weigh the Young Turks, they may check the size of the margin I can gain over my rival, or how many votes the Young Turks as a whole can get,' he said. Of the 12 Democrat candidates, seven are considered Young Turks - who take a more radical line than the party's mainstream, mainly veteran legislators. Mr To, a district board member since 1991, takes on Ho Sun-wah, an assistant to provisional urban councillor Lam Man-fai. Confident of his chance of re-election, Mr To, a former student activist, admitted the overall performance of the Young Turks was more important. 'If the Young Turks perform well, it will not only enhance our influence in the party but also help the party solidify its base for the Legislative Council poll next year,' he said. Mr To is confident five of the seven Young Turks will win. The others - Lau San-ching and Yip Tim-keung - are more vulnerable. Mr Lau, a prominent pro-democracy activist who served a 10-year sentence for counter-revolutionary charges on the mainland, is fighting a tough battle against incumbent Lee Tat-yan in San Po Kong. Mr Yip faces merchant Choi Luk-sing in Diamond Hill. The Young Turks stirred up a row within the Democrats when they tried to push through a minimum-wage policy. But Mr To said the group did not want to play up the differences with the mainstream. 'It's not time to show the party's differences to voters.' Mr Ho, who quit the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong minutes before nomination and is running as an independent against Mr To, did not feel threatened by the Young Turks. Differences among the Democrats would only benefit rivals, Mr Ho said. 'To be frank, some of his Democrat colleagues have asked me to help defeat Mr To,' he said. The first-time candidate was confident of victory. 'Mr To may not take me seriously. But no one would dare challenge him if he had performed well,' Mr Ho said. Of 25 seats available, five have returned candidates unopposed. The rest are being contested by 46 candidates.