After mounting an unsuccessful write-in campaign for a seat on the White Bluff Town Council last year, Martha Beth Harding was appointed Tuesday night to complete the unexpired term of Lil Cauthen, who resigned last month. Cauthen was elected to a four-year term in April 2009, but that term was extended to November 2014 when White Bluff changed its election cycle. If she accepts the position, Harding will serve the remaining 16 months until the seat is on the ballot for another full four-year term. Harding ran as a write-in candidate in the town’s 2012 election to fill two council seats after missing the qualifying deadline. Dan Clark and Stephanie Murrell were elected to the council. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Mayor Linda Hayes said she had been contacted by Harding, Darrell Frizsell and Travis Plotzer about being considered for the vacancy. Frizsell finished third in last year’s council race. Plotzer is a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who has not previously run for office. “I know I can work with any of the three,” Hayes said. Murrell said she also had been contacted about the vacancy by Ellen Campbell Marsh, who finished fourth out of the five candidates listed on the ballot last year. Hayes opened the floor to nominations from the council and Oscar Martin nominated Harding, saying he had been impressed by three candidates during a forum held during last year’s campaign: Clark, Murrell and Harding. The council voted unanimously to appoint Harding to fill the vacancy and Hayes said if she accepts the position she will be sworn in at the council’s Aug. 5 meeting. The seat will be on the ballot Nov. 4, 2014, along with the positions currently held by Martin and Vice Mayor Todd Hamilton.