Persistence paid off for Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday as he finally won some supporters in the social welfare sector during a meeting with 27 members of the largely pro-democratic group. Mr Tsang told the meeting he was 'heartbroken' that no Election Committee members from the sector had supported his election bid, despite his many approaches to them. The chief executive candidate made many offers during the 90-minute session, said Democratic Party member Tik Chi-yuen. 'He said he was heartbroken that until now he had received zero nominations from the social welfare sector, and promised he would do better than Lee Wing-tat and Chim Pui-chung in exchange for our support,' Mr Tik said. The sector, with 36 votes, was initially considered a strong support base for Democratic Party chairman Mr Lee. However, 22 committee members announced they would not give their nomination as a single bloc after reportedly being pressured by the mainland. Some electors emerged from yesterday's meeting saying they felt Mr Tsang had been very sincere and positive towards their demands. Social worker Barry Wong Man-sing said he would nominate Mr Tsang. 'He didn't seem to be putting up a show just [to lobby for our nomination],' Mr Wong said. Mr Tsang reportedly promised to offer social workers positions in the high-level Commission on Strategic Development, while pledging to increase communications with the sector and promising to review social service spending cuts. He also met 13 accountants and promised more voices from the professions would be heard in the decision-making process. Sources close to Mr Tsang's campaign office said that because of the difficulties he is having in securing nominations, he is not likely to file his nomination form this week. Meanwhile, pro-democracy barrister Ronny Tong Ka-wah of the Article 45 Concern Group said he would consider joining Mr Tsang's cabinet if he was invited. But Mr Tong stressed that problems such as the confidentiality and collective-responsibility rules would remain stumbling blocks to democrats joining the Executive Council. 'If Mr Tsang is sincere, he should invite us to meet face to face and discuss how to address the problem,' Mr Tong said.