In Arthur Roberts' excellent volume reflecting on his life, Drawn By The Light, he briefly describes his involvement in state and local politics. He ran unsuccessfully for a position in the Oregon Legislature and later served a four-year term on the Yachats, Oregon, City Council. It was not easy for Arthur to bridge the gulf between the intellectual depth and erudite vocabulary of the scholar and the rough and tumble of state and local politics. But he felt that these political involvements had "quickened my appreciation for ordinary activity as the true vocation for the church." Arthur took his city council work very seriously, devoting a great deal of time to preparing for the meetings. He also took seriously the opportunity to bear witness to his faith in Christ and had numerous opportunities to speak to others about that faith.
Fendall, Lon, "Evangelical Quakers and Public Policy" (1996). Truth's Bright Embrace: Essays and Poems in Honor of Arthur O. Roberts. 19.