Heavyweights from both the pan-democrat and government-loyalist camps fought it out in a district council by-election yesterday, handing out brochures and canvassing passers-by in Wan Chai's Canal Road constituency. Although the by-election came just 10 days before the annual march for democracy, both camps' publicity focused on livelihood issues, with candidates saying political topics were not of primary concern in district-level elections. The candidates were Gavin Kwai Sze-kit of the League of Social Democrats and Jacqueline Chung Ka-man of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. They were contesting a seat left vacant by former Democratic Party member Kennedy Lee Kai-hung, who was convicted of fraud in February and is serving a five-month jail term. Mr Kwai, the general manager of a listed company, is a former government administrative officer. He became well known in 2004 for trying to stop an arsonist on an MTR train. His team distributed leaflets with the slogan: 'Wan Chai person working for Wan Chai.' Canvassing for Mr Kwai, league chairman Wong Yuk-man saw the race as a way to test the waters, as it was the league's first election since last year's Legislative Council poll. Other campaigning lawmakers from the pan-democratic camp included the Democratic Party's Albert Ho Chun-yan and Lee Wing-tat. The Civic Party's Tanya Chan also distributed leaflets for Mr Kwai. Ms Chung, a social worker, appealed to voters citing her 12 years of work experience in the district. She was accompanied by DAB heavyweights Tam Yiu-chung and Ip Kwok-him, as well as independent legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee.