Hupp Huppmann emerges victorious in tough Nassau Co. Commission battle
Hupp Huppman dispatches

The Riverstone debate helped drive conversation on the race until Bell’s arrest on suspicion of DUI.

It was a thorough drubbing for incumbent Nassau County Commissioner Aaron Bell, who lost District 2 to Navy veteran and locally well-known entertainer Hupp Huppmann.

Huppmann took 62.6% of the vote while Bell claimed close to 37.4% in the open Republican Primary. Huppmann won across the board, taking majorities in mail-in, early votes and Election Day totals. He also won every precinct in the district, with the closest tally being a 47-vote victory at the Bryceville Community Center precinct.

The campaign began with Bell sticking his neck out on opposing the Riverstone Properties 85-foot towers proposal, which opened up the county to continued Bert Harris Act litigation. The vote carried 3-2 and was the first salient issue of the campaign. Huppmann drew a distinction with Bell’s combative posture when he launched his own campaign.

Huppmann’s a previous general manager of The Palace Saloon, owns and operates entertainment services company HUPP LLC, and was a part of the Foar From Home cross-ocean rowing effort raising money to combat veteran suicide.

The Riverstone debate helped drive conversation on the race until Bell’s arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in June. He waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty in an Aug. 18 court hearing.

While hinted at throughout the rest of the campaign, the DUI charge didn’t make a full-force appearance until an anonymous PAC out of Tallahassee launched a negative website devoted to the subject.

The intervention of independent political action committees into the race, like their involvement in another County Commission campaign, led to a back-and-forth in public over who’s really backing which campaign and why. Huppmann is pursuing action with the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections regarding the controversy.

Huppman benefited from at least two positive mail pieces — one from the Nassau County firefighters union, and one from a local political committee. 

District 2 covers the south end of Amelia Island and the southeast portion of the eastern mainland of Nassau County.

Wes Wolfe

Wes Wolfe is a reporter who's worked for newspapers across the South, winning press association awards for his work in Georgia and the Carolinas. He lives in Jacksonville and previously covered state politics, environmental issues and courts for the News-Leader in Fernandina Beach. You can reach Wes at [email protected] and @WesWolfeFP. Facebook:

One comment

  • Evelyn Raymond

    August 24, 2022 at 8:05 am

    I’m so glad that Bell is out. Like the article said they have south amelia and the east mainland. He never did anything for the east mainland side. But yet my taxes went up and no county work to show for it. Still flooding and still bad roads. Glad he is gone. He is a disgrace just like Leeper when he got voted out. People are tired of the crap and the high taxes.

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