ANNAPOLIS - In the December issue of Governing magazine, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is honored for his work in an area that has made him a target for political rivals: The Affordable Care Act. Brown, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in next year's election, is one of nine honored as Public Official of the Year in the magazine's December issue. Governing cites Brown's leadership in expanding health care in Maryland and his work to "curb domestic violence, improve services for veterans and boost access to higher education." Political opponents have used Brown's role in the health care law's rollout against him. Open enrollment in the Maryland Health Connection began on Oct. 1. As of Nov. 16, 2,256 people had enrolled in health care plans offered through it. The original aim was to enroll at least 150,000 state residents in health care plans by the end of open enrollment on March 31. Brown admitted in October that the rollout has "stumbled out of the gate." State Attorney General Doug Gansler, another Democratic gubernatorial candidate, released a Web video last week criticizing Brown's role in the launch. Maryland's primary election will be held June 24. In 2009, Gov. Martin O'Malley made the cover of Governing magazine's November issue. The publication, owned by e.Republic, noted O'Malley's data-based management style in giving him the honor. About a year later, O'Malley was re-elected for a second term in Maryland's top office.