The Takoma Park City Council voted unanimously this week to appoint civic leader Kathy Porter to the Ward 7 council vacancy created when Edward F. Sharp became mayor last month.

Porter, 40, will serve the remaining year of Sharp's term. She is president of the South of Sligo Citizens Association, a position she said she would resign if appointed to the council.

In her bid to win the council seat, Porter advocated a new bus route to link her neighborhood with the Takoma Metro station and a recycling proposal that would start curbside pickup of plastic soft drink bottles and milk cartons.

The appointment comes during a season of political surprises in the Takoma Park community. Three-term Mayor Stephen J. Del Giudice lost a bid for the Prince George's County Council in the Democratic primary, then launched a write-in campaign just days before the November election after incumbent council member Anthony J. Cicoria was convicted of stealing money from his campaign and lying on income tax forms.

Within weeks, the Takoma Park council appointed Sharp as mayor. That left open the seat representing Ward 7, which is almost entirely on the Prince George's side of the city.

Porter, research director for a nonprofit group dealing with issues affecting low-income people, was one of four city residents to apply for the $3,600-a-year council post.