Joe Kent pushes back on mystery employment issues

Oct 26, 2022, 12:15 PM
Republican Congressional candidate Joe Kent speaks at a campaign event on October 5, 2022 in Morton, Washington. Kent, who has the support of former President Donald Trump and in the primary defeated moderate incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler, who voted for Trump's impeachment, faces Democratic nominee Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in November for the state's 3rd Congressional District seat. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
(Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Southwest Washington Republican candidate Joe Kent is coming under fire for confusion over his employer, with an article by The Daily Beast stating the company Kent claimed to work for does not exist.

Kent has previously claimed to be a “project manager” for the tech-startup American Enterprise Solutions, but the article stated it could not find any record of the company’s existence.

Dori: Joe Kent on Biden impeachment, Seattle Times bias

“American Enterprise Solutions holds no patents or trademarks, has no licenses, no website, no social media pages, and not a single publicly announced contract with a government agency or a private wireless provider,” the Daily Beast wrote in its piece.

Kent’s campaign told KIRO Newsradio the article was “fraudulent” and that he had been calling his employer by the wrong name. The company is actually Advanced Enterprise Solutions, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

Advanced Enterprise Solutions is a tech startup that collects research related to 5G technology, according to Kent’s campaign.

Looking through the Virginia Corporations Commission’s website though, Advanced Enterprise Solutions’ business license lapsed Aug. 31 and is currently pending inactive due to the company not paying its annual registration fee.

The firm hired Kent in 2019, but he said the company switched its name to Advanced Enterprise Solutions shortly after and provided W-2 tax forms proving it.

The press release has also said that Kent’s campaign is amending its income disclosure documents to the House Ethics Committee to more accurately reflect the proper name of the company.

Advanced Enterprise Solution released a statement through their lawyers, Ambrose Partners, about the article.

“Joe Kent is employed by a U.S. company, which does not wish to be identified, only because while their employees are free as individuals to participate in politics, they as a company do not. They fully support his patriotic pursuit of civil service as they do for all citizens regardless of political affiliation. We confirmed Kent’s employment with this company’s outside counsel.”

Kent will face Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the Nov. 8 general election for the 3rd Congressional District.

Local News

marysville cold case...
Shawn Garrett, KIRO 7 News

Suspect arrested in 1998 Marysville cold case murder of teenager

On Monday, detectives arrested a 52-year-old Renton man in connection with the 1998 murder of 19-year-old Jennifer Brinkman.
17 hours ago
Giving Machines...
Bill Kaczaraba

‘Light the World’ Giving Machines makes way to Bellevue

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring the Light the World Giving Machine at Bellevue Downtown Park.
17 hours ago
Winter driving...
Micki Gamez

The top ten winter weather driving tips from WSDOT

WSDOT Tacoma sent out a tweet with 'what to carry in your car' now that the chances of snow are more imminent and we couldn't agree more.
17 hours ago
Tacoma retail theft...
Darren Dedo

Tacoma Police searching for organized retail theft suspect

Tacoma Police Detectives are looking for the person responsible for organized retail theft from several jewelry stores across the region.
17 hours ago
car tabs...
L.B. Gilbert

Seattle City Council likely to increase car tab registration

Seattle drivers could soon be hit with another car tab fee increase. A proposal would tack another $10 to city car tab fees.
17 hours ago
Washington State Patrol trooper during traffic stop - (Photo from KIRO 7)...
Colleen West, KIRO 7 News

Snohomish County ‘HiVE’ patrols net 142 speeders, dozens of aggressive drivers

The Washington State Patrol has released the results of the first of four high-visibility enforcement patrols in Snohomish County, known as HiVE patrols.
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
Joe Kent pushes back on mystery employment issues