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A Brief Introduction

Who is Matthew?

Born at Presbyterian Hospital, Matthew Ridenhour grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Charlotte Christian School where he played football and ran track. A charter member of Troop 7 at Calvary Church, Matthew became an Eagle Scout just before turning 18.

Matthew began his college career at Virginia Tech, before transferring to AIU. He also served in the US Marine Corps from 2001-2012, ultimately earning the rank of Staff Sergeant, and twice deploying to Iraq.

In 2012 Matthew was elected to the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners for District 5. 

In 2014, Matthew was named a member of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for his work in making Charlotte one of the best places to live and work.

Today, Matthew is a Risk Manager for a global financial technology firm and serves on the Board of Directors for area nonprofits: Steele Creek Preparatory Academy, The May 20th Society, The Charlotte Trail of History, and Preserve Mecklenburg.

Matthew is married to his long-time sweetheart, Abby, and they currently reside in Huntingtowne Farms with their daughter and son. Their son was delivered by Matthew in their driveway when he quickly realized Abby wouldn’t be able to get to the hospital in time. The Ridenhours are members of Sharon Presbyterian Church.

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Great Schools

Education is a priority to me. My kids are 7 and 5, and as a parent I want to know that they will receive an

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Safe Streets

One of the fundamental responsibilities of local government is to secure a safe community for all. Many look at the rising homicide rate the last

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Beautiful Parks

I have long been a proponent of a strong park and greenway system. As an Eagle Scout, I have a great fondness and respect for

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