His mother, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, was a career politician representing Detroit in Michigan State House from 1979 to 1996 and serving in the United States House of Representatives for Michigan's 13th congressional district from 1996 to 2010.
She was not re-elected to office because she lost her primary election on August 3, 2010 to Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke.
The city was 14 months late in filing its 2005–2006 audit.
In March 2008 officials estimated the audit would cost an additional .4 million because of new auditing requirements that were not addressed by the city.
Pre-election opinion polls predicted a large win for Hendrix; however, Kilpatrick won with 53% of the vote.The 2006–2007 fiscal year audit due on December 31, 2007, was expected to be 11 months late.On March 11, 2008, Mayor Kilpatrick delivered his seventh State of the City Address to the city of Detroit.In January 2006, the Detroit News reported that "Kilpatrick used his special administrator authority to bypass the water board and City Council on three controversial contracts." These included a 1 million radio system for the city's police and fire departments, as well as a no-bid PR contract to a close personal aide.At a May 2005 campaign rally, Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, adamantly argued that allegations that the Mayor had held a party at the Manoogian Mansion were a lie.