Eddie Goodall, a former state senator from Union County, said Monday he’s stepping down from a charter school group he founded in hopes that North Carolina’s advocates can unite.

Lee Teague, a former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, was named the new executive director of the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association.

Goodall was an advocate for charter schools during the six years he served in the state Senate, representing parts of Union and Mecklenburg counties. When he left in 2010, he became president of the Raleigh-based N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools, but he split with other leaders of that group over what he called conflicts of interest.