Former news anchor Charles Pugh is among the 18 candidates who will advance to the Nov. 3 primary for a seat on Detroit's City Council. But for a second openly gay Michigan candidate the race is over.

Pugh, 38, will already be remembered as Detroit's first openly gay candidate to a major post, but today's headline was far more stunning: Pugh was the top vote-getter with 8.9 percent of the vote.

Trailing by 10,000 votes in second place was City Council President Kenneth Cockrel Jr.

“He was young and energetic, and he had good ideas,” Rev. Lonnie Peek, spokesman for the Council of Baptist Ministers, told the Detroit News about the group's decision to back Pugh.

“He's just the right person to bring about change. He did great,” Peek added.

The group's backing runs counter to what's happening in other black communities – including fights in Washington D.C. and nearby Cleveland, Ohio – where ministers are at the forefront of advocating against gay and lesbian rights.

The self-proclaimed “Detroitaholic” stepped down from an anchor post at Fox 2 to become a candidate for council. He first announced his sexuality on air in 2004.

“I didn't know what would happen, but at that point it didn't matter to me because I knew it was the right thing to do,” Pugh told the AP. In fact, his celebrity has only grown since.

But as Pugh was being eagerly embraced by Detroiters, nearby voters were feeling differently about another openly gay Michigan candidate.

Scott Klein failed to win one of the top 6 slots in yesterday's Hamtramck primary for City Council. Klein, a two-term councilman endorsed by the mayor, came in 7th place in a field of 12 candidates, ending his run for one of three council seats.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund had endorsed both candidates.