Jake Bergmann, Nikki Fried’s fiancé, finalizes Georgia divorce from previous wife
Jake Bergmann and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried watch during Florida's 46th Governor's Inaugural ball. Image via Colin Hackley.

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The development comes as further scrutiny falls on the potential First Gentleman.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s fiancé has finalized divorce proceedings with his ex-wife.

Georgia court records show medical marijuana entrepreneur Jake Bergmann’s divorce case with Aubree Bergmann is now closed. The contested divorce had been set to go to trial this week, but court dates scheduled from Monday through Thursday have now been canceled. A final judgment in the case grants a total divorce between the two.

Jake and Aubree Bergmann reached a settlement agreement, filed with Fulton County Superior Court on Friday. Public records did not disclose full details of the settlement but said the parties agreed to have all assets from their marriage “equitably divided.” Jake Bergmann agreed to take responsibly for any credit card debt he incurred personally or with any third party, and that he will defend Aubree Bergmann in the event any creditor attempts to come after her for cost, such as through liens on any property the two once shared. Aubree Bergmann agreed to the same conditions. The couple has agreed to a child custody and child support plan.

Jake and Aubree Bergmann were first married in August 2010. The divorce proceedings in Fulton County were first filed in April 2019, though the two had been separated before then. Jake Bergmann’s engagement to Fried was announced in December 2019, and the two had been together before then. Bergmann attended Fried’s inauguration while the two were dating.

The end of Bergmann’s prior marriage comes as Fried runs for Governor. The development also occurs as further scrutiny falls on Fried and Bergmann’s relationship.

The Orlando Sentinel this week published an investigation of Fried’s connections to the medical marijuana industry and Bergmann’s continued interest in the industry, which Fried now holds a role in regulating as the state’s Agriculture Commissioner. The news report notes that within two years of Fried’s election, Bergmann amassed interest in a dozen cannabis companies, including one that received a hemp license through the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Fried, days ahead of announcing her candidacy for Governor, also amended previous financial disclosures, revealing a higher income than previously reported from a consulting firm she founded working with cannabis companies. She also revealed assets in a cannabis company sold in December 2018, immediately before she took office.

Last year, news broke that Bergmann transferred the Leon County home he and Fried share to Fried through a quitclaim deed. At the time, Fried spokespeople said the transfer allowed Fried to interact more cleanly with the bank after Bergmann purchased the home in cash.

The couple’s wedding date has not yet been announced.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


15 comments

  • Arthro

    June 12, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Wake up, people. Nikki is not a serious candidate. It was a miracle that she was elected Agriculture Commissioner, and she has done nothing of any substance in that job. At the same time, Charlie Crist is a pandering clown. Democrats need to put up better candidates. Last time, Gillum almost won, but then his demons were eventually exposed. Same will happen for Nikki. Whatever happened to Gwen Graham? Are there any Democrats who are inspiring and effective and maybe not unstable? Haven’t seen one.

    • Tom Palmer

      June 12, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      Gwen Graham is a deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Probably not noted on the Republican News Network (aka Fox)

      • Arthro

        June 13, 2021 at 6:25 am

        Fox News does cover the elections for Florida Governor. You know…the ones that Democrats keep losing because they put up candidates like Gillum and Nikki Fried. I guess they like losing elections.

  • Tom

    June 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Come on Arthro.
    What’s the problem.
    Fraud Fried’s personal life is a wreck.
    Her financial life is a wreck.
    Her Ag. job is a mess with outrage in south Florida on distribution issues.
    What a joke, where did this fraud come from?
    As long as she screams DeSantis media loves her.

  • Edward Lyle

    June 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    ~ Nikki Fried PAC Pays $25k for “Legal Services” to International Law Firm

    BTW… The same law firm the Butcher of Benghazi hired to collude with Russia on to lie on President Trump.

    Nikki and The Butcher… Criminals cut from the same cloth.

  • Zhombre

    June 12, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Will the nuptials be held on a marijuana farm?

  • Tom

    June 12, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Dianna you aRe a disaster

  • Tom

    June 12, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Palmer, nobody cares bout Gwen Graham except you. Another one who couldn’t get out of a primary. Meaningless, if name was Gwen Grant instead of past Governors name no one would no who she is.

  • Tom

    June 12, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Time to call this disaster off Nikki. What are you doing? You and the high school team not ready for prime time. Really looking sophomoric.

  • Ed

    June 13, 2021 at 9:05 am

    In many cases Fried is just like the kook Rebekah Jones. She screams anti DeSantis narratives which fit the MSNBC anti Republican talking points. She is an empty vessel that stands absolutely no chance of defeating probably the most popular governor in the United States.

  • Tom

    June 13, 2021 at 10:30 am

    My compliments Ed. Well stated!
    Fried is the liberal scream.

  • Eraser

    June 13, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Fried is fingernails on a chalkboard personified.

  • Matthew Lusk

    June 13, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Has any reporter asked the tougher question like “Nikki, did you have sex with a married man?”

    • Ed

      June 13, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      I guess she can always claimed she was stoned, so unaware.

  • Tom

    June 13, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Not allowed to asked by liberal media to a liberal candidate. It’s forbidden.
    Don’t tell George as it’s elite favoritism.
    Supposed educated liberals don’t admit.

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