As a county commissioner Matthew Ridenhour oversees spending for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

As of this week, he’s also one of three applicants seeking state approval to open a charter school in the booming Steele Creek area of southwest Charlotte where his family has lived for generations. Ridenhour said Thursday there’s no conflict between the two roles, and no condemnation of CMS implicit in his bid to get a slice of the state and local money for education.

“It’s just that it offers a choice to parents who for whatever reason don’t want to put their kids in CMS,” said Ridenhour, a product of Christian schools whose two children are preschool age. “Having an interest in charter schools and choice doesn’t mean I don’t want to see CMS succeed.”

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