By Mia Suchoski
Republican Candidate for Benewah County Commissioner – District 1
Hello, Everyone. I hope everyone is staying safe and well in these uncertain times. My name is Mia Suchoski and I’m a real estate broker for Timber Realty, property manager for St. Maries Property Management, and a manager for Interstate Drilling & Pump. My husband (Ryan Suchoski) and I – together as a team – started all three companies among others.
Within these companies, there are several roles for which I am responsible: navigating clients through the complexities of buying, selling or investing in real estate; managing building/development projects; facilitating commercial/business opportunity transactions; as well as overseeing remodels and building new homes. I have over 20 years of experience in all aspects of real estate including investment, building, development and management.
I have also been involved in starting and sustaining numerous businesses which have included septic service, commercial cleaning service, women’s retail store, jewelry store, antique stores, furniture importation, deli, early education programs, patents, well drilling/pump installation, and more. I am a firm believer that if you work hard and believe in yourself…anything is possible.
I support less government involvement in property that should be owned and developed by the private sector. I support community involvement. I believe that government should be ruled by the people, not the other way around. I also believe that less land should be sold to the State because such sales take land off the tax rolls thereby making them unavailable for development.
I attended Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College. I have Associate degrees in Early Childhood Education and in Child Development. I hold a Real Estate Broker’s License and am a Certified Commercial Sales Specialist, Certified Staging Expert, e-Pro, Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Residential Sales Specialist. But, mostly it’s the hands-on, real life expertise I’ve acquired in real estate & in other areas of business that I can put to work for the benefit of our community.
The logging industry is the heart and soul of our county. We can build on the logging industry to balance out economic development and job growth in our area. We are in definite need of more jobs for folks in our county. The first step is to help sustain existing businesses in the county. We need to support our fellow business owners and help them with resources to improve or expand their business. The second step is to create a team of well-positioned professionals to serve as a resource to members of our community who want to own/operate their own business by helping connect them with the right investors. Third, we need to expand our horizons by actively soliciting outside companies that find St. Maries an attractive and viable place to relocate/build their business. This plan is definitely doable, and we can achieve it in a short period of time.
Next, I’d like to focus on building more affordable housing. As more and more people move to our area, the real estate values are being driven higher. It’s become difficult for local people to purchase a home in the area given the base rate of employment wages. With my business connections, this plan is also very achievable. There are builders & developers who understand that we, as Benewah County locals, would like more housing without sacrificing the qualities that are integral to why we all live here.
Finally, our roads suck. Some of our roads are downright dangerous. I’d like to focus on improving county roads to make them safer for everyone. In an effort to achieve this goal, I’ve read through the general road expenditures for the last five years and I believe there is room for more money to be allocated for road improvements.
I would be honored if you vote for me so I can use my business expertise to take our county into the future. Change is good when everyone is involved in the plan. When we all work together as a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) we all win.
You can call/text me at 208-582-1216 if you have any questions for me or would like to discuss concerns you may have.