U.S. Senate hopeful Ashjian loses contractors license

State officials revoked U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Ashjian's contractors license early Wednesday morning.

That means the Tea Party of Nevada candidate's company, A&A Asphalt, is no longer legally in business. Ashjian cannot finish any projects in progress, and he cannot bid on any new endeavours, according to Nevada State Contractors Board officials.

"The bottom line is we've got people handling it," Ashjian told the Review-Journal Wednesday morning.

The board has received five money owing complaints totaling nearly $37,000 in defaulted payments -- including a bad check written for $981.82. As a result, Ashjian's license had been summarily suspended since Feb. 3.

Because Ashjian failed to respond to the board and did not attend the 8:30 a.m. hearing, he now faces an additional $1,500 in fines and $1,148 in investigative costs, said Art Nadler, contractor board spokesman.

"He's not licensed," Nadler said. "He has to abide by what we stipulated he has to do. He has to settle everything."

California, Arizona and Utah have a working partnership with Nevada officials, in that all four states honor each other's judgments regarding contractor licenses, Nadler added.

Contact Kristi Jourdan at kjourdan@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0279.