The recent news that her Unitil electric bill will increase roughly 50 percent this December came as 'quite a shock,' according to Ruggiero, and it has led her to reevaluate her finances as she prepares for what experts are predicting to be a cold winter."
October 18, 2014
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Making ends meet has led to some long days this year for local resident Kerri Ruggiero, which is why the single mother of one has taken on several additional jobs and duties to supplement her income from bartending at Hampton Beach.
The recent news that her Unitil electric bill will increase roughly 50 percent this December came as "quite a shock," according to Ruggiero, and it has led her to reevaluate her finances as she prepares for what experts are predicting to be a cold winter.
"For some people, paying extra (money) in electricity, that’s food off your table," said Ruggiero, a Bittersweet Lane resident.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown met with Ruggiero at her home Friday morning to discuss her situation as part of a series of sit-down conversations Brown’s having in local voters’ homes ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm election. That election’s just a couple of weeks away. Because of that, Brown said it’s important for him to hear what voters have to say as he continues to investigate ways he, if elected, and other senators can combat increasing energy costs.
"To continue to put more and more roadblocks in front our energy producers (is wrong)," said Brown, who visited Ruggiero’s home Friday with his wife Gail.
Brown also spoke of his record Friday, heralding his "bipartisan approach" while attacking opponent and incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on her energy policies.
"Sen. Shaheen voted with (President Barack) Obama 99 percent of the time, and as a result of those initiatives, our energy costs are going up," he said.